Scam Alert: Father-Son Team Face Fraud Charges

A father-son team is wanted in our state for swindling churches with a phony sob story.

Deputies in Alamance County say 35-year-old David Twitty and his son, 20-year-old Travis Twitty, are wanted on fraud charges where they interrupt church services to plead for money. Authorities say they ask for permission to speak, quote scripture and tell stories about sick and dying relatives. Deputies said they've even been know to bring children and tell congregation members that they are stranded.

The men have received money from churches in Alamance, Moore, Chatham, and Lee counties. Twitty claims to be an associate pastor from Mt. Sinai Church in Knoxville Tenn., and, according to deputies, may have been conducting the scheme since the late '90s in Georgia and North Carolina.

Deputies said the men have been seen driving a cream-colored, '80s Chevy Blazer with South Carolina tags, as well as a red Jeep Cherokee.


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  • by tera Location: california on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    I've recieved the same emails,texts, and paper mail anyone asking for money for a fee is a scam.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    Alicia Location: New Bern.....God lost when human was born...What a mistake that was,,,and by the way, you are included...
  • by Alicia Location: New Bern on Mar 17, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    To Anonymous, First of all, God never loses and he never will. This money is God's and it always will be. It is all his. They stole from God not the congregations. The money is God's in God's house. But let me correct you that God never loses and we will all see that the day that every knee will bow and that includes you!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    God sent these scammers to test the goodwill of the believers. The faithful gave into the scammers. The faithful win, and god looses.
  • by johndeere Location: enc on Mar 17, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    God knows...enough said
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 17, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    First, it is rediculous for David to have his son Travis at age 15. Second, it is rediculous for him to steal from. Third, it gets even more rediculous that he has lied to church members in order to get shady money. Fourth, it is sad that he has raised his son into this type of behavior and making his son think that is ok. Fifth, if they don't change their ways, they will burn in hell one day.
  • by Marie Location: Da Bucket on Mar 17, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    That does not make any sense! Why would you con the church? that use to be the only safe place now they taking over the church with these develish antics!!
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    To Chris: I couldn't have said it better myself. They were "stealing" from a CHURCH. Holding a gun to someones head is irrelevent here. The church was taken advantage of, the good-hearted people were conned. It's a shame.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    IF this has been going on since the late 90's why is word just getting out? Law enforcement seems to have a lot of information it would have been nice if they had shared that with the public, sooner.
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    True, no one is holding a "gun" to the church members heads but it is still illegal to obtain property (money) by false pretense's which means he deceived the money from them. I would say that those two are worse than scum to use the story of "needing" to get money from anyone. It makes it that much more harder for THOSE THAT DO NEED HELP to get help when they need it! There is always some scum bag that will exploit the kindness of others, causing people to be less likely to help again. I would rather have money stolen from me that to be lied to and still be out of the money!
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