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North Carolina fraud case: 4 arrested, 1 remains at large

If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to remember that a charge is merely an accusation - it is not a conviction. However, understanding your rights when facing charges is imperative and something that a group of North Carolina women may want to consider as they face serious charges. Authorities claim that five women somehow conspired to commit fraud by draining a disabled man's bank account.

The disabled North Carolina veteran hired a 43-year-old home health care nurse to care for him. He then allegedly became the victim of a group of women who stole approximately $260,000 from his bank account. Police say the scheme involved using the money from his account to pay utility bills for other people. The women purportedly would then turn around and collect cash payments from those utility customers, though the specific details and the involvement of each person accused was not provided in a news report.

Authorities say all of the women have surrendered on outstanding arrest warrants against them, with the exception of the supposed ringleader -- the woman who cared for the man. The formal allegations include obtaining property by false pretense, felony accessing computers, felony conspiracy and continuing a criminal enterprise.

All of the money has apparently been restored to the veteran's bank account, with the exception of $2,000 for unexplained reasons. As authorities continue to look for the woman accused of masterminding the alleged crimes, the other women must now confront the allegations against them. They will need to analyze the specifics of the fraud charges and the purported evidence as it applies to each of them. In this manner, they can fight to protect their legal rights. While crimes against disabled people can be prosecuted harshly, each of these women is entitled to defend herself in court. Strong defenses can be built to challenge criminal charges.

Source: Behind the Yellow Tape, "Fourth surrenders in vet embezzlement, one still sought," F. T. Norton, June 29, 2012

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