Habitual felon sentenced to 10-13 years for fraud charges

Anthony Holt (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff's Office)

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — An habitual felon was found guilty of numerous charges in court Wednesday.

Anthony Rhiem Holt, 51, of Elizabethtown, was found guilty of Obtaining Property by False Pretense on Wednesday following a trial in Bladen County Superior Court.

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Holt was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.

The fraud investigation began in March 2016 after authorities were alerted that the victim’s debit card had been stolen.

According to a news release, evidence found that Holt quickly drained over $3,000 from the victim’s checking account by using the stolen card to make fraudulent transactions which included unauthorized uses at multiple locations in Elizabethtown and White Lake.

Photographs and video surveillance footage showed Holt using the stolen card, the release states.

Following a joint investigation by the Elizabethtown Police Department and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Holt was charged and taken into custody.

Holt’s prior felony convictions include First Degree Burglary, Robbery, Breaking and Entering, Larceny, and Financial Card Fraud.

“My office remains committed to placing an emphasis on prosecuting career criminals. Mr. Holt’s record of committing crime spans more than three decades which includes other offenses here in Bladen County. I am thankful for the detailed investigation provided by our law enforcement partners as well as the service of the jurors who gave their time and attention to this case,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee.