Crime & Courts

Iredell man accused of cable hook-up fraud

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.