Duplin County Scam Victim Gets Money Back In Time For Christmas

A Hurricane Irene victim scammed out of thousands of dollars from a man who took his money but didn't clear trees as promised has that money back just in time for Christmas.

In mid October we told you about Frankie Johns, a man police told us was from Florida, but was scamming locals in Beulaville and Kinston. Victims say they'd reach a deal about tree removal, give Johns a down payment in good faith, then he never showed up.

But for one Beulaville victim the case is now closed thanks to Police Chief Joey Carter. Carter says Johns was picked up in Florida. Police and prosecutors agreed to drop charges if Johns made full restitution to Jaime Arriaga. Wednesday Carter delivered money orders in the amount of $2,500 to Arriaga from Johns.

Arriaga says he is very happy and now has some Christmas shopping to do.

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  • by Rae Location: Tampa on Dec 28, 2011 at 03:48 AM
    Why in the world would any police or DA, keep letting this man pay back the money he was stealing, with his record here in Tampa he should be locked upped and the key thrown away, he's a con artist, thief and he'll continue doing this again and again
  • by SMH!! Location: Disgusted Ville on Dec 22, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    I can't believe that the charges were dropped against him. He committed a crime. He should be made to pay the victims in all the cases and have this on his permanent record. Come folks lets be serious!!! Well I guess if i rob the bank because I want or need the money at the time, it ok, because I will be back in a few months with some money orders to pay them back. LOL, Yeah Right!!!!!!!
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      by Anthony on Dec 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to SMH!!
      I was thinking the same thing...WOW. On another note, why would anyone pay for services before they "showed up" to do the work. I had some trees removed earlier this year and the tree service did not get a dime until the crew showed up for work and they got the rest when the job was done. C'mon people, common sense does help.
  • by Caroline Location: DC on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    The others will get their money back in their police department/DA makes the same deal with the man that took the money. Hey, Joey, thinking about running for Sheriff? We could use a new one!
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      by anon on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:52 AM in reply to Caroline
      well caroline, just what is wrong with the Sheriff you got???
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        by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to anon
        joey would be a great sherrif, better than the one we have in my opinion.
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          by Caroline on Dec 23, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to Anonymous
          He is a "politician".....this is just his stepping stone on his way to being the Governor.....if he can get his picture in the paper or get on the 6 o'clock news, he's a happy camper. He does have some good employees working for him.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    I'm happy the money was returned, but what exactly did Joey "Superman" Carter do that merits so much press? What about the other victims? Was their money returned?
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    I have never paid any money up front for work. I Have paid some money at work progressed.Beware of Anyone who wants money up front before work is performed.Thats a scam signal!! Never pay for anything yard work or repairs up front.
  • by yukon on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    Glad you got your money back Merry Xmas to you and your family I have had 20 or more trees cut down in past years Never paid a dime until the job was done
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      by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:50 PM in reply to yukon
      good for yooouuu
  • by Scott on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    Seriously, I feel bad that these people were scammed, but for something like that its foolish to give any money up front. Especially a large amount. If you're clearing trees you don't need a down payment. You clear the trees you get paid. That simple.

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