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Johnston man goes from prison to jail on fraud charges

Posted May 15, 2011

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— A Johnson County man finishing a two-year prison term was arrested again Friday on a string of two-year-old fraud charges in Wake County, according to arrest warrants.

William Roger Cockrell, 41, of 8561 Exum Road in Kenly, faces five counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Warrants state that between December 2008 and March 2009, Cockrell counterfeited payroll checks from nonexistent companies and cashed them at four businesses in Wendell. The checks totaled more than $2,300.

He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $20,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday.

Cockrell was in prison from May 2009 until this weekend, serving time for 2008 and 2009 convictions for five counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, common-law forgery and drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records.

He has a lengthy criminal record in Wake, Wilson, Johnston, Edgecombe and Pitt counties dating to 2001, records show. He also has convictions for breaking and entering.

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