Update: Man accused of posing as dead man captured

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The man accused of posing as Oak Cliff neighbor Ron Shumway, whose body was found entombed in concrete in the back yard of his home on Winnetka, has been captured.

U.S. Marshals in Los Angeles arrested Christopher Brian Colbert, 43, and he is awaiting extradition to Dallas on three fraud-related charges: tampering with governmental record, securing executing of document by deception and money laundering.

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After police announced in October that Shumway had been missing since April, real estate documents revealed that his house had sold in June. Police say Colbert posed as Shumway to sell the house and that he assumed Shumway’s identity to retrieve funds from the sale from a bank account Shumway owned.

Shumway’s body was discovered by a home investor in September.

The Dallas Voice identified Colbert, who also was known as Christian, as a former photojournalist for that publication. Colbert also was a hairstylist who invented a product to prevent bleach and hair dye from ruining a makeup job, according to the Voice story.

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