Deputies say they are looking for Jeremy Clark. (Source: Haywood County Sheriff's Office)
WAYNESVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -
Haywood County deputies said a Canton man uses community ties to claim to be related to well-known citizens in order to get money from victims, including a 93-year-old man.
Deputies said the man, identified as 28-year-old Jeremy Clark, is wanted on two counts of feloniously attempting to obtain property by false pretense after he has approached residents, claiming to be the son of well-known residents or friends, then saying he needs help or they owe him money.
According to deputies, Clark was charged with defrauding $200 from the elderly man by claiming his child was sick and needed medication in November. Then he was arrested in January and February this year and charged with similar crimes, according to deputies.
"Even if the person seems genuine and the story sounds plausible, it's not good practice to give money to someone you don't know well," said Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher in a media release.
Deputies said Clark is approximately 6'5" tall, weighs about 160 pounds, has short, curly brown hair and brown eyes, and was last known to have sideburns and a goatee.
Anyone who has had a similar encounter or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Haywood County Sheriff's Office at 828-452-6666 or the Crime Stoppers line at 1-877-92-CRIME.
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