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Deputies: Lincoln man filed phony theft claim

LINCOLNTON -- A Lincoln County man has been charged with filing a fake report of vehicle theft, in an effort to get money from an insurance company, the sheriff’s office says.

William Minford Chatham III, 38, of Vale, was arrested Monday on two charges of felony insurance fraud. He was released on $5,000 bond, the sheriff’s office says.

Investigators say Chatham filed a claim last Oct. 13 that someone stole a trailer containing a Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide motorcycle. The trailer was valued at $2,748 and the motorcycle at $25,000, deputies say. He told investigators the trailer was outside his home when he took his dog for a walk on the night of Oct. 12 but was missing the next morning.

According to investigators, Shelby police learned earlier this month that the trailer and motorcycle were being kept in a storage facility there.

Deputies say an investigation led them to charge Chatham in the case.

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