HURRICANE FRAUD CASE ENDS WITH PRISON SENTENCE

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BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret County Superior Court, TRACY SHOFFNER, 56, Columbia, North Carolina, entered a guilty plea to a charge arising out of post-Hurricane Florence fraud upon a church. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Eatmon.

Following the damage done by Hurricane Florence, Shoffner offered to conduct repairs on a local church, and after providing what appeared to be a contract, the church administration paid him $ 7500.00 to begin work. As soon Shoffner received the check, he ceased all communication with the church, which had used part of its insurance payments to pay him.

Shoffner, who has a lengthy criminal record, was sentenced to a prison term of 20 to 33 months, and all restitution he owed to the church was entered as a civil judgment against him.


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District Attorney Scott Thomas said, “We are aggressively prosecuting hurricane fraud cases as we warned we would. We are seeking active prison time and restitution. Fraudsters should know they will face investigation and prosecution in our district.”

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