WRAL Investigates

NC minority chamber chief charged with fraud

Posted May 26, 2011

— The head of one of the largest minority chambers of commerce in the Southeast has been arrested on a fraud charge.

Dwayne Brandon Trainer, 26, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense and was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

Trainer, director of the North Carolina Black Chamber of Commerce, has been at the center of a recent WRAL News investigation because he is wanted in Clay County, Mo., on a charge of felony theft.

He is accused of acting as a mortgage broker and taking $1,500 from a woman whose family was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. After his 2006 arrest, he posted bond and left Missouri and then resurfaced in Raleigh three years later.

Trainer told WRAL Investigates earlier this month that he "simply forgot" about his outstanding charges in Missouri.

The latest charge involves an alleged attempt to deposit a check for $1,005 from a closed SunTrust Bank account last December and then withdraw the money from a personal account, according to an arrest warrant.

The account belonged to the N.C. Black Chamber of Commerce. It's unknown what happened to membership fees from the chamber's more than 200 members, who each paid $300 to join the group.

Since a WRAL Investigates report earlier this month, the chamber's website has been taken down. Trainer's personal and professional social networking sites, which were continually updated, have gone still, and a cellphone number he provided to contact him for an interview has been disconnected.

The U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, where Trainer served as a board member and treasurer, has also removed his biography from its website.

Trainer has a June 15 court date on the Raleigh fraud charge and a July court date in Orange County on an out-of-state fugitive from justice charge.


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  • wdprice3 May 26, 2011

    I see the related topics list was removed now... hahaha wralfail

  • aetius476 May 26, 2011

    "It's unknown what happened to membership fees from the chamber's more than 200 members, who each paid $300 to join the group."
    Well, he just forgot about that as well. Sounds like a reputable organization to me. Now about that swamp land down on the coast...

  • wdprice3 May 26, 2011

    Someone explain this to me....

    "RELATED TOPICS: Orange County, Clay County, Raleigh, Bank, Hurricane Season"

  • Scare Crow May 26, 2011

    not filtering FB, it's called "censoring" by a NEWES media not doubt. Mine didn't make either, and nothing was "out of the way". Moderators are racist!!!!

  • chevybelair57sd May 26, 2011

    This fella needs to get up with the NAACP president, they think alike and seem to have similiar memories.

  • wdprice3 May 26, 2011

    haha, epic posting of my messages. but where is my primary post???

  • FE May 26, 2011

    There certainly is some "filtering" going on with allowed comments here.

    In so many words I nicely asked some time ago if there were any other groups that were favored by having "their own" Chambers of Commerce.

    I guess we shall never know...

  • pyranna May 26, 2011

    With multiple charges the guy is out.

  • ncnc85 May 26, 2011

    Who cares that the man is black?!?! THE MAN IS A THIEF AND CRIMINAL! He should be put in jail, bottom line. I'm sure this will force the group to better research newly hired leaders. It's just sad that people in roles that should help people always seem to be the ones to hurt us the most.

  • factsfirstopinionlater May 26, 2011

    If we comment on this, does that make us racists? lovethesouth1 May 26, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    No, a comment does not mean you are racist. However, writing something like "a picture tells the story", "why am I not surprised", "what is wrong with those people" (a sampling of the garbage I have seen on here) may in fact lead one to think a person may be a racist.