State Officials Say Seven Arrested In Code Enforcement Scam

State regulators say an elderly man was exploited in a scam that was broken up with the arrest of seven people.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says many of those arrested were presenting themselves as city of Wilson code enforcement officials and misleading the victim into believing his home was not up to code.

Goodwin says the group defrauded the man of more than $7,400 between May 23rd and October 10th.

Department of Insurance investigators worked with bank officials, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the city of Wilson and Wilson County deputies to identify the suspects and confirm that none were licensed code enforcement officials.

The following individuals have been arrested:

Heather Adcock, 18, of 2953 Abner Drive, Rocky Mount, was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. She was arrested on Oct. 29.
Christine Ezzell, 36, of 449 Tobacco Road Rocky Mount, was charged with four counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count each of exploitation of an elder adult and unlawfully acting as a code enforcement official. She was arrested on Oct. 25.
Madison Howlett, 28, of 449 Tobacco Road, Rocky Mount, was charged with five counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count each of exploitation of an elder adult and unlawfully acting as a code enforcement official. He was arrested on Oct. 30.
Jonathan "JT" O'Neal, 26, of 3633 Highway 301N, Wilson, was charged with four counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count each of exploitation of an elder adult and unlawfully acting as a code enforcement official. He was arrested on Oct. 24.
Michael O'Neal, 24, of 3633 Highway 301, Wilson, was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was arrested on Oct. 28.
Nelson Skinner II, 38, of 50 Church St., Black Creek, was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was arrested on Oct. 28.
Andrew Ward, 32, of 3935 Taylor Store Road, Nashville, was charged with five counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count each of exploitation of an elder adult and unlawfully acting as a code enforcement official. He was arrested on Oct. 30.

Authorities say they are still looking for the following people in the case:
Jon Daniels, 28, of 119 S. Harris St., Rocky Mount, is wanted for five counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count each of exploitation of an elder adult and unlawfully acting as a code enforcement official.
Bobbilee Joyner, 26, of 3941 Whitley Circle, Rocky Mount, is wanted for one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, exploitation of an elder adult and unlawfully acting as a code enforcement official.
Douglas Reason, 28, of 6056 Webbs Lake Road, Elm City, is wanted for one count of obtaining property by false pretense.
Jeffrey Tyler, 27, of 1029 Compass Creek Drive, Rocky Mount, is wanted for one count of obtaining property by false pretense.


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