Dating Service Helps Bust Washington Man

He may have been looking for love, but a Washington man has ended up with a felony charge of identity theft against him.

Beaufort County Sheriff's detectives say a man reported that someone used his bank account to sign up for an online and telephone dating service subscription. When lawmen contacted the dating service, the company was able to tell detectives who activated the service.

The investigation led to the arrest of 34-year-old Scottie McKinley Banks of Willow Street in Washington. Banks is charged with one felony county of identity theft.


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  • by Keith Location: Winterville on Nov 22, 2007 at 10:20 PM
    Good job to the Washington PD for catching the identity thief. He needs to be behind bars.
  • by Gary Location: Bath on Nov 22, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    In reference to your Thanksgiving story about the Winterville family that received a free home. I could not help but notice the car in the shed that was stated the man had been sleeping in, looked like a very valuable antique automobile. How does someone with that kind of asset qualify for grant money? As most people don't realize there is not a grant money fairy. This money comes from the working people, through taxes, donations, etc. It is not printed with the purpose of being given away. More indepth checks should be done as the working man has to pay for home repairs to keep a roof over his head.
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