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Charges dropped against woman accused in ad scheme

Posted September 2, 2008
Updated September 3, 2008

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— Charges are being dropped against a woman accused in a local advertising scheme.

The Wake County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday night that it didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute the case against Kristal Hill.

Hill, 37, was accused of targeting small businesses in Apex and Fuquay-Varina. Police said she sold advertising, but never delivered.

Lois Cozart was one of five business owners in downtown Apex who bought advertising from Hill last fall. Cozart said she paid $247 to place an ad on a takeout menu for a local restaurant that was never produced.

The district attorney’s office said Tuesday that Hill finally produced the advertising, nearly a year after she was charged.

In October, investigators said Hill surrendered to authorities after seeing a story about herself on WRAL. Hill has been convicted 14 times for similar crimes across the state. Each time, she was sentenced to probation.

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  • manofjustice Sep 3, 2008

    This lady has a beautiful smile that grabs my heart. I would love to understand the psyche of people who do things such as this heinous crime. I am appalled at the media for making others desensitized. I wish her the best and I hope she can straighten up her life. She has so much potential.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 3, 2008

    So Deathrow, its okay to convict someone for something they did not commit simply because they committed (or may have committed) something in the past? Thts how you think our justice system works?

    And for whoever asked, I am not her lawyer or agent. I simply know one of the 'victims' and she now feels she made a mistake with her complaint.

  • NCSUPackfan Sep 3, 2008

    14 times? And she still continues to get probation?

  • superman Sep 3, 2008

    A fool and their money are soon parted. Who would give money to someone who just walks in and gives a story? The victim should get into a new line of business where they dont work with money. People need to understand how to pronounce the word No!

  • Adelinthe Sep 3, 2008

    "What is trailer trash?"

    Well, I live in a trailer, so I guess it could be me. sigh

    But...

    you knew that was coming, didn't you - we live in a trailer that's on a farm so that we can provide shelter for abandoned animals.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • teacher-mom Sep 3, 2008

    I do not understand why she is not in prison. I have seen people in prison for less than this. If she targets someone who has some connections, she will be in trouble. I feel sorry for her victims. She will continue to do this.

  • Weetie Sep 3, 2008

    Hmmm...name sounds very familiar. I wonder if she is the lady that called me about a year ago, wanting to put my business card on a menu....????

  • ncweddingdj.com Sep 3, 2008

    Really, the other 13 or 14 times I just got caught. It doesn't mean I'm a bad person or a crook or a slug, preying on small business folks. Really. I'm just out here trying to make a little money without acutally doing anything, producing any work, giving them something for their money or basically lifting a finger. I'm creative. SO hate me for my talents and abilities. I've worked hard and spent a fortune on lawyers to hone them. I'm saving up for drastic plastic surgery.

  • letitgo Sep 3, 2008

    What is trailer trash?

  • chance Sep 3, 2008

    It gets to a point where it doesn't really make a difference if she is not guilty "this time". She brought the new allegations on herself. Ever hear the story about the boy who cried wolf? When you have a certain pattern of behavior eventually people just won't believe you.

    Might I suggest Ms. Hill try a different line of work?

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