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Furniture dealer ordered to stop doing business in N.C.

Posted January 2, 2008
Updated August 13, 2008

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— A former furniture business owner accused of taking money and defrauding customers is facing new charges. The businesses went by a number of different names including Carolina Furniture and Carolina Furniture Factory Direct from High Point.

Business owner Henry Ray Privette was arrested in Charleston. A federal grand jury handed down an indictment last month against him.

The government claims Privette devised a scheme that involved taking money from customers. People ordered furniture online and over the phone, after Privette had their money, he came up with various reasons for delivery delays, according to the indictment. It also says he would claim a "truck broke down" or would allegedly give delivery dates that he knew were false.

The indictment also claims Privette came up with endless excuses for refund delays, even sending faxes of fake refund checks to customers.

Five years ago, Privette was arrested on fraud charges in Brunswick County. Over three years ago, a judge ordered Privette to stop doing business in North Carolina. Before moving to the Tar Heel state, South Carolina ordered him to stop doing business there.