Running Horse developer's death under investigation

Authorities in Fresno, Calif., are still investigating the death of one of the developers of the controversial Running Horse Golf Club project.

The body of Scott Webb, 46, was found in a Fresno-area motel in September. A spokesman for the Fresno County coroner said it did not appear that foul play was involved, though no cause of death was immediately released.

Webb and partner Tom O'Meara had been accused by the state Department of Real Estate of defrauding investors of an estimated $6 million in connection with the now-defunct Running Horse project in Fresno. The real estate licenses of both men had been revoked by the state as a result.

O'Meara, who has denied the allegations of fraud, said that the project failed because financing that had been promised never materialized.

The high-profile Running Horse project was to include a Jack Nicklaus-designed course that would host a PGA Tour event, however, the developers ran into financial difficulty and the course was never completed. The property eventually went into bankruptcy and currently is held by the two main lenders.   

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