Newport man sentenced for defrauding Hurricane Florence victims

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PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (WNCT) A Newport man has been sentenced for defrauding Hurricane Florence victims.

41-year-old Jeromy Thomas was sentenced to serve three to seven years in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

After his release, Thomas will serve five years of probation.

Thomas was also sentenced to pay restitution to his victims.

Thomas was charged by the Pine Knoll Shores Police Department earlier this year with multiple counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense for defrauding Hurricane Florence victims.

Thomas fled to Las Vegas, where he was eventually captured by Las Vegas Police Department.

Pine Knoll Shores officers flew to Las Vegas and extradited Thomas back to Carteret County.


PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (WNCT) A man has been arrested in Las Vegas on 16 felony warrants for his alleged fraud involving Hurricane Florence damage victims in Beaufort and Pine Knoll Shores.

According to Pine Knoll Shores Police, Jeromy William Thomas, age 40, was recently captured and arrested in Las Vegas and was extradited back to North Carolina on Tuesday to face those felony charges.

Pine Knoll Shores officers say Thomas was cooperative during his arrest and extradition process and told investigators he would fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation into fraud related to Hurricane Florence victims in Eastern North Carolina.

Thomas was taken to the Carteret County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Pine Knoll Shores Police say the fraud investigation continues, and they ask anyone with information in this case to call Sgt. Bishop at 252-247-2474 ext 21, or email

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