DEPUTIES: Another Victim Found In 'Solar World' Fraud Case

Deputies say there could be more victims in an alleged solar panel scam after a man wanted in two counties is now behind bars.

Carteret County deputies say they have served an additional fraud warrant on Stacy Bland.

The 43-year-old Bland turned himself in to the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday after reportedly being told of a wanted poster that was issued just a few hours earlier.

Deputies say in the two Carteret County cases, Bland is accused of getting thousands of dollars from victims by promising to install solar panels at their homes through a company called Solar World. In one case the homeowner says he gave Bland $12,000, while another homeowner says the man got $10,000.

In both cases, deputies say no work was done.

Bland also faces similar charges in Beaufort County, according to deputies.

Deputies say the man has multiple addresses, including Surf City, Washington and Minnesott Beach.

Anyone who believes they are a victim in this scam should call the Carteret County Sheriff's Office at 252-726-INFO (4636).

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A man deputies say scammed someone out of $10,000 in one county, and who wanted in another county, was found in a third county today.

Stacy Bland was wanted by the Carteret County Sheriff's Office for obtaining money by false pretenses.

Pamlico County Sheriff Billy Sawyer says Bland turned himself in and is now in his jail.

Bland, who deputies say has a history of being a scammer, also had outstanding warrants in Beaufort County.

Carteret County deputies say they are en route to Pamlico County to bring Bland back where he will face a judge Wednesday morning.

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Deputies are looking for a man they say scammed someone out of thousands of dollars.

Stacy Bland is wanted by the Carteret County Sheriff's Office for obtaining $10,000 by false pretenses.

Deputies say the 43-year-old Bland has a history of being a scammer, and has outstanding arrest warrants in Beaufort County as well.

The man could be driving a 2002 blue Subaru Legacy with North Carolina plate CAY-8148.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Bland they should call deputies at 252-726-1911.


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