Newport man gets prison time for defrauding Hurricane Florence victims

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC (WITN) - A Carteret County man will spend at least the next 3-1/2 years in state prison for defrauding Hurricane Florence victims.

Jeromy Thomas was sentenced today in Beaufort. After being released from prison, the 41-year-old Newport man will be on probation for five years.

Pine Knoll Shores police earlier this year charged the man with 16 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of failure to work after being paid.

He was arrested back in July in Las Vegas after police say he went there to avoid being arrested.


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A man who is accused of bilking Hurricane Florence victims is back in Eastern Carolina to face charges.

Pine Knoll Shores police say that Jeromy Thomas was arrested by Las Vegas police and is now in the Carteret County jail.

Thomas is charged with 16 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of failure to work after being paid.

Police say the victims were storm victims in Pine Knoll Shores and Beaufort.

Thomas was very forthcoming, according to police, and told officers that he would cooperate with their investigation.

The man was jailed on a $55,000 bond.