Man wanted for fraud

Jul 09, 2014

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating a local man accused of using community ties in attempts to defraud citizens.

Warrants have been drawn on Jeremy Ryan Clark, 28, of Canton, charging him with two counts of feloniously attempting to obtain property by false pretense. He is accused of approaching residents at their home, claiming to be the son of a locally well-known citizen or friend, then asking for money or claiming money is owed him.

Clark was arrested last November and charged with defrauding $200 from a 93-year-old man by claiming his child was sick and needed medication. He was arrested in January and February this year and charged with similar crimes. His court date on those pending matters is slated for July 30.

Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher cautions citizens about similar fraud schemes, and warns against giving money to strangers or even casual acquaintances.

“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,” Sheriff Christopher said.

Clark is described as a white male, approximately 6’5” and weighs about 160 pounds with short, curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was last known to have sideburns and a goatee.

Anyone who has had a similar encounter or has information as to Clark’s whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 452-6666, or the CrimeStoppers line at 1-877-92-CRIME (877-922-7463).

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