Man charged in Hurricane Florence repair scam

SNEADS FERRY, NC (WITN) - Deputies are reminding storm victims to use caution when hiring a contractor after an arrest last week in a Hurricane Florence repair scam..

Onslow County deputies charged Kenneth Forbes, of Selma, with felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Deputies say last month they began investigating when a storm victim in Sneads Ferry told them he hired Forbes to do work, paid him money to buy materials, but he never did the repairs.

Forbes was jailed on a $5,000 bond.

Sheriff Hans Miller says storm victims should always get a proposal in writing, never pay more than 1/3 of the cost up front, do not pay in cash, and try to use local contractors with good reputations.