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Benson student accused of swindling teachers

Posted November 19, 2008

— A Benson teenager is accused of swindling her teachers.

Ashley Messer, 17, faces 13 counts of obtaining property under false pretenses.

Police say the former South Johnston High School student sold 16 tickets for chicken dinners to teachers as part of a fake fund-raising scheme.

Messer was being held in the Johnston County jail Wednesday evening on $250,000 bond.


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  • WRALblows Nov 20, 2008

    Okay, read the article with more information at http://www.1270wmpm.com/. The bond still seems way excessive. $250K and 13 felony counts for failing to produce chicken dinners. She made $96.00. Someone drug test the magistrate that set the bond.

  • WRALblows Nov 20, 2008

    There are nice, small apartments in China for all those who feel the bond set for this offense is appropriate. Be sure to look in the mirror daily to make sure your perfection is still radiating.

  • teacher56 Nov 20, 2008

    She deserves to spend some time in jail!

  • Its me again Nov 20, 2008

    More info here:


    Under local news.

    Just doesn't make sense; see below from the websight above $250,000 to $5000
    Woman Caught Passing Counterfiet $4,550 Check
    Clayton Police arrested a woman Tuesday after she attempted to pass a counterfeit check at Wood Forest Bank. Police said the suspect, 25 year-old Betty Lee Perez of Garner, has counterfeited a check against Rent America of Garner in the amount of $4,550. Police detectives charged Perez with attempting to obtaining property by false pretenses and uttering a forged check. Bail was set at $5,000. Perez is also under investigation for other possible similar cases in the Garner area

  • IzzMad2016 Nov 20, 2008

    Seems like a pretty excessive bond but maybe there's more to the story that justifies it. Oh what a tangled web we weave.....

  • superman Nov 20, 2008

    The felony could be the act of selling the tickets and not the price she sold them for. I dont understand why she thought she would get away with selling the tickets. Maybe this is just an example of people who think they are the only smart people in the world and they can do anything and get away with it and not suffer the consequences. I hope they check the grates in the ceiling in the jail.

  • ThatsWhatIThought Nov 20, 2008

    My nephew is friends with this girl. Her dad is a cop. She doesn't have a past history. She's always been an upstanding student and a great friend. I agree she should be punished, but a bond of $250K? Really?

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Nov 20, 2008

    OMG!! I can't believe that set her bond that high and when I went onto the website that ThatswhatIthought put up I saw some other cases that had a lower bond than she has and they committed a more dangerous crime with weapons! What on earth are the doing in Johnston County!!! I agree that she should be punished but that poor girl. smh

  • Con Amor Nov 20, 2008

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! What a hoot!

  • SargeDaMan Nov 20, 2008

    Someday a governor, then on to Congress! LOL