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Suspected scammer arrested at Charlotte church

Posted March 23, 2009

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— One of two men suspected of preying on church congregations to obtain money was arrested Saturday at a Charlotte church, authorities said.

Travis Terrell Twitty, 20, of 7724 Elm Tree Lane in Charlotte, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense. He was released on a $15,000 bond.

Twitty was arrested trying to drive away from Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, police said. Members had alerted police that he had been asked people for two days for money to help him get home to see an injured relative, police said.

Authorities said Twitty and his father, David Twitty, have approached church congregations in at least a dozen North Carolina counties to seek financial help. They claim a family member has been injured or killed in an accident and take off after collecting hundreds of dollars in donations, authorities said.

Capt. Jeff Medlin of the Moore County Sheriff's Office said investigators have received reports of the same scam from churches in Wake, Durham, Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Richmond counties.

Churches in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia also have reported similar scams as far back as 1997 from a man identifying himself as David Twitty, Medlin said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of David Twitty is asked to call the Moore County Sheriff's Office at 910-947-2931.


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  • HappyGirl08 Mar 23, 2009

    Well, they best visit the next church to pray and ask forgiveness. That's just wrong!

  • Sidekick Mar 23, 2009

    This scam has been around for years. It was attempted on me about 15 years ago as a man came into the education building at my church and gave me a similar story. We sent him packing but fast.

  • lakelover Mar 23, 2009

    There is a special place for them.

  • Newshound Mar 23, 2009

    If i remember correctly they already had one in custody and If I am right this is the one who was on the run. I would have to search to double check that but im gonna admit to being rather lazy today.

  • christineswisher Mar 23, 2009

    This riff raff needs to be put in prison but good! Who does this and sleeps at night. Garbage, both of them, pure garbage!

  • TStills Mar 23, 2009

    I wanna know where da gold at???

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  • Nope Mar 23, 2009

    Wow, usually it's the other way around!

  • ccsloop Mar 23, 2009

    Hey man, my wife and baby have been in an accident and I need $10 to get to Raleigh. Ever heard that one before?

    Hey I locked my keys and wallet in my car. I need $5 to get back to Hillsborough and get my other keys. What about this one?

  • pebbles262004 Mar 23, 2009

    I hope they get it good...