On 09/20/2013 Carteret County Deputies arrested Matthew Claude Willis, 40, of 196 Mollie Lewis Rd, Davis for scamming citizens of Carteret County.
According to Sheriff’s Office Lt. Keith Brewer, Willis was going around the down east community selling raffle tickets for a fundraiser on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. Willis tricked victims into purchasing ten dollar tickets believing that they were both helping raise money for the Boy Scouts while also having a chance to win 50 lbs of shrimp.
During his door-to-door sales Willis was confronted by the actual scout master of the local down east Boy Scout troop about his activity. Willis later returned some of the money he collected to several of the victims stating that there had been some sort of mistake.
The Sheriff’s Office is aware that Willis has scammed more than fifteen victims but due to the fact that many of the victims had their money returned to them only three thus far have come forward to prosecute.
Willis has been charged with three counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and is currently awaiting trial in the Carteret County Jail under a $15,000.00 bond. If you were a victim of this scam please contact the Carteret County Sheriffs Office at (252) 504-4800.