Man accused of scamming New Mexico resident out of thousands

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Prosecutors say a scammer duped a New Mexico man out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be an oil industry executive. 

Jerry Bruce is accused of convincing a Clayton man to invest a fake Texas oil company called “Tower Exploration.” 

The victim handed over a total of $300,000. 

Bruce is now facing federal fraud charges since they money crossed state lines. 

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