Fraud Cases Spreading To Harnett

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A suspect charged with attempting to fraud businesses out of money with a fake fundraising campaign in Johnston County has allegedly been involved in several cases in the Dunn area in recent days.

Dunn Police Chief Chuck West said his investigators believe Marvin Caesar Romero, 60, of Selma was involved in three scam cases in Dunn last week. He is believed to have solicited funds for area first responders but did not specify specifically where the funds would be distributed.

Mr. Romero allegedly attempted the scam at Sherry’s Bakery, Dunn Scrap Iron and Metal and the Higway 55 restaurant located on U.S. 421

The staff at Sherry’s Bakery and Dunn Scrap Iron and Metal did not give the suspect money.

Staff members at Highway 55 gave the suspect a gift card for free food.

Chief West said the restaurant staff did not wish to press charges. He said that was a private decision made by management of the restaurant.

Mr. Romero was arrested on charges for similar crimes in Johnston County last week. Selma Police arrested him after he attempted his scam at a restaurant in that town.

He also allegedly swindled $150 out of one suspect and attempted to take money from at least two others in the Benson and Four Oaks area.

The Selma Police cooperated with Dunn on the investigation.

“This is an example of two departments working well together,” Chief West said.

Mr. Romero remained in the Johnston County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

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