CASPER, Wyo. -- Tim Stubson calls it the Wyoming version of the three-card monte.
The lawyer represents a Wyoming son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, who claims he was defrauded after donating more than $1 million to help find the plane of famed pilot Amelia Earhart somewhere in the South Pacific off the coast of Hawaii.
The only problem, Stubson says, is the crash site had already been found.
“My client gave the money based on certain representations,” Stubson told the Los Angeles Times. “Those representations aren’t true.”
In June, Timothy Mellon sued the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery of Delaware and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.
Mellon, who lives in rural Riverside, Wyo., says the concern took the money without telling him it had already found the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra in its 2010 search of the waters around the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro.