We're learning more Tuesday about the finances of 17-year-old Allen Strickland, a Tabor City teenager with ties to State Senator RC Soles. Strickland has been in the news a lot lately, ever since the house that the Senator bought for him caught fire. Allen Strickland is now facing criminal charges, accused of burning his own house. He posted bond on 100 thousand dollars to get out of jail on those charges. "I posted my bond with my own debit card, no one was there to give it to me, you were outside, it's on record that I paid for it with my debit card, and R.C. had nothing to do with getting me out. I’m innocent, and it's not worrying me one bit, cause I’ve got proof that it wasn't me,” Strickland said back on August 30. A few days later, Strickland was arrested again, accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in the corvette he says he bought with money given to him by Senator Soles. In that case, the unemployed teen managed to post bond, a half million dollars, to get out of jail again. Many have asked how Strickland keeps coming up with all this money. He declined to answer that question on the advice of his lawyer. NewsChannel 3 has obtained an affidavit of indigency Allen Strickland filled out just last year, while he was applying for a court appointed attorney. In that case, he had been charged with burning the house of JC Phipps, the father of RC Soles' law partner at the time. Under the penalty of perjury, Strickland signed his name saying that he was indigent, and had less than 500 dollars in assets. Since that time, he's acquired a furnished house, a Corvette, several ATV's and a generous allowance, saying he paid for all of it with cash the Senator gave him While Senator Soles has admitted to paying for the house, he's publicly denied giving Strickland enough money to meet the $13,000 reporting threshold for the IRS. The Senator then refused a request from the Wilmington Star News to see his financial records pertaining to the extravagant gifts. Allen Strickland has numerous pending court dates on the two arsons, and the high-speed chase. We will continue to follow the story as it develops.
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