Iredell man accused of cable hook-up fraud

04/01/2014 11:10 AM

04/01/2014 11:12 AM

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said it has charged a man in an alleged cable television hook-up fraud case.

Deputies said Randy James Sigmon, 30, of Statesville was charged Friday with obtaining property by false pretense and cable theft. He was freed on $1,500 bond.

Investigators said the case developed when Time Warner Cable officials contacted the sheriff’s office about an allegedly fraudulent ad placed on Craigslist.

According to the sheriff’s office, Time Warner officials said they are seeing more cases in which contractors connect cable service illegally for people, promising a one-time charge and no monthly bill.

Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Julie Wyatt enlisted the help of another detective and answered the Craigslist ad, setting up an appointment with the contractor at a vacant apartment. Investigators said that once the cable was connected and the money changed hands, they took Sigmon into custody without incident.

Major Darren Campbell of the sheriff’s office said the case is a reminder to people who buy and sell on Craigslist. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Campbell said.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service