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Former elementary school counselor pleads guilty to wire fraud and arson

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A former Chadbourn Elementary School counselor pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to wire fraud and arson. He still faces first-degree murder charges. Full story...
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Fourth suspect in custody for allegedly bilking veteran

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A fourth suspect is in jail accused with ripping off a disabled veteran in Brunswick County. Pamela Springer, 45, was booked into the Brunswick County Jail under $100,000 secured bond, according to the jail's website. She's charged felony conspiracy. Full story...
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UPDATE: Three women turn themselves in for fraud charges

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Maria Sloan, Velda Barnhill, and Monica Frazier were arrested Tuesday. Sloan and Barnhill are still in jail and both have a $100,000 secured bond. Frazier was released for jail Tuesday with a $5,000 unsecured bond. Full story...
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Scam artist paver with Wilmington ties at it again

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A driveway paver who got his start in Wilmington scamming consumers is back at it again, the NC Attorney General's office says. Tommy Clack has recently been reported paving driveways for older homeowners in Hope Mills, Zebulon, Greensboro and Nashville. Full story...
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NC lawmakers seek how to find unemployment fraud

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A North Carolina legislative panel is looking for ways to crack down on fraudulent unemployment compensation payments, but the lawmakers are learning that it's tough to prove someone has been cheating the system. Full story...
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NC developer seeks free lawyer in $20M fraud case

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A western North Carolina land developer accused of cheating banks out of more than $20 million is asking for a taxpayer-paid defense attorney. Full story...
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NC House forming task force aimed at unemployment fraud

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The North Carolina House is forming a task force to see what it can do to discourage people from attempting to bilk the state unemployment insurance system of benefits. Full story...
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NC DSS worker pleads guilty to fraud

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A former Alamance County Department of Social Services employee has pleaded guilty to taking more than $4,000 in food stamps and government assistance fraudulently. Full story...
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NC man says he cheated elderly woman of $150K

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An Alamance County man will spend at least four years in prison for cheating an elderly woman out of roughly $150,000, mostly in the form of personal loans that he never repaid. Full story...
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6 charged in Charlotte mortgage scheme

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Federal prosecutors have accused six Charlotte area residents of mortgage fraud. Full story...
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Sylva funeral home owner charged with fraud

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A man who owns a funeral home in Sylva and his wife have been arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Full story...
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Greensboro man gets 10 year sentence in scam

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A Greensboro man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to investment fraud last year. Full story...
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Brunswick deputies warn of mail scams

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If you have been targeted by foreign scam artists in the last few years, you are not alone. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says marketing fraud is all too common. Full story...
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Pender county Sheriff's office asks for help identifying fraud suspect

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The Pender County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying a fraud suspect. Full story...
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Cowper gets probation, fine in ABC scheme

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The contractor who admitted ripping off the New Hanover County ABC Board will avoid jail time. A federal judge today sentenced Lee Cowper to three years probation and a $25,000 fine. Full story...
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