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10 arrested in North Carolina fraud ring that targeted seniors

A financial crimes task force recently completed an investigation that resulted in the arrest of ten North Carolina men alleged to be in a fraud ring. The men face over 75 counts related to accusations that they obtained more than $300,000 from senior citizens by offering to perform unnecessary and costly home repairs, only to either not make the repairs or do a poor or incomplete job. The alleged fraud ring targeted seniors throughout central North Carolina.

In one incident, two of the men are accused of scamming a Burlington resident out of $32,000 between May 2012 and Jan. 2013. They allegedly never performed the home repairs that they promised the home owner they would do. One of the men was arrested on July 26 while on probation for a similar crime. The other was already in prison for an unrelated crime and now faces 12 counts related to this crime.

The investigation and arrest of this suspected fraud ring was known as 'Operation Nail It.' Police from Cary, Burlington and Raleigh worked with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to make the arrests, assisted by the sheriff's departments for Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. The local district attorneys have partnered with the Financial Crimes Initiative to prosecute the accused.

Even though these men are accused of working together to commit their crimes, they will be tried individually in criminal court. For some, their criminal defense against the fraud charges might be complicated by previous convictions. However, the law dictates that all of these men are presumed innocent unless or until they are proven guilty, regardless of whatever they might have done in the past. A solid criminal defense can help ensure that their rights are protected as they work for the best possible resolution.

Source: timesnews.com, "Burlington police help bust fraud ring," Chris Lavender, July 29, 2013

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