The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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January 3, 2014

Kinston man charged, two more sought

TARBORO — An alleged thief made a brief court appearance Thursday in Edgecombe County District Court to answer 12 felony charges that stem from him passing counterfeit checks to purchase furniture at a Tarboro business on two separate occasions.

According to reports, three suspects – a Kinston man, who was arrested, and two Greenville women, who are on the run – came into the store to purchase furniture. When they paid for the items, little did the business owner know the checks were counterfeit.

According to a spokesman for Tarboro Police Department, detectives began their investigation after receiving a call from West Furniture about the scam that involvedreceiving two bogus checks totalling more than $1,800.

Business owners became aware of the matter after the bank notified them there were neither sufficient funds to cover the checks nor an account that matched.

The suspects came into the store on four separate occasions over an 18-day period from Oct. 28-Nov. 15 and bought the items.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Victor Lorenzo Hall, 29, Nhia Tauheedah Williams, 37, and Delisa Marie Williams, 25, were the suspects who allegedly manufactured the counterfeit checks with a fictitious name on them.

According to reports, Hall, of 607 Liberty Hill Road, Kinston, is charged with two counts of passing worthless checks without an account, two counts of possessing a counterfeit instrument, two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, two counts of forgery of an instrument, two counts of felony conspiracy and two counts of uttering a forged instrument.

Both women are wanted by police for the same 12 felony charges for their involvement in the case.

If anyone knows their whereabouts they are asked to contact Tarboro police at 641-4247.

This isn't Hall's first run-in with law enforcement. Just the first time in Tarboro, because he has numerous convictions from Lenior and Pitt counties in the past for driving while impaired and driving while licenses revoked. He also has convictions for injury to property, assault with a deadly weapon and violating a protective order.

Nhia Williams has a history with passing worthless checks. She has two counts of passing worthless checks pending against her in Beaufort County and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses pending in Pitt County.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections website, she has been convicted of 17 counts of passing worthless checks in Beaufort County and received probation for those convictions. She also has a misdemeanor larceny conviction in 1995.

Delisa Williams has a larceny conviction in 2011.

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