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Second suspect sought in Craigslist scheme

Posted June 5, 2010
Updated June 28, 2010

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— Fayetteville police are searching for a man and woman they say have been operating a scam on Craigslist.

Investigators said that Christopher Michael Dillard, 29, and Laprecia Ancrum Lesane, 29, advertised on the website for rental apartments that they did not own and took payments from victims. At least seven people reported being defrauded.

Lesane, of of 2713 Preston Woods Lane Apt. 2, has been on the run since May.

On Friday, police identified Dillard as a suspect and said he is wanted on seven counts each of obtaining property by false pretenses and conspiracy.

They both have outstanding arrest warrants in multiple counties, police said. Dillard is also wanted for violating his probation in South Carolina. Online S.C. records show that he has been convicted of at least three property offenses in the state.

Police believe Lesane and Dillard might be in the Greensboro area. They were last seen driving a silver Lincoln Navigator or Aviator with an expired 30-day registration tag.

Lesane has also been known to frequent the Fayetteville and Spring Lake areas.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Lesane or Dillard should call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. 


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  • wildcat Jun 7, 2010

    They both need some prison time of 25 years.

  • katiencbabe Jun 7, 2010

    "Who would give someone money for an apartment they had not even seen?"

    Shortcake, this actually happened to me when I was younger. The scammer had a key and showed us the place (he was a former tenant and made several copies of the key). He hadn't paid rent in months, and received several downpayments from unsuspecting college kids. When we showed up to move in the actual owner didn't know who we were and we lost $900.

  • manofjustice Jun 7, 2010

    Times are hard. Leave these good nice christain people alone. Erbody needs to be entremaneurs like them.

  • harbourwoman Jun 7, 2010

    People who travel or who are moving from other areas are vunerable to these types of scams.

  • shortcake53 Jun 7, 2010

    Who would give someone money for an apartment they had not even seen? There are only millions of empty apartments around, it not like you have to grab one before it gets away.