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Woman accused of scamming Fayetteville businesses

Posted June 6, 2014

Kanica Shante Olive

— Police said Friday that they have arrested a woman for allegedly posing as a city inspector and extorting money from Fayetteville businesses.

Kanica Shante Olive, 27, of 3942 Foster Drive, Fayetteville, was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Authorities said Olive would identify herself to businesses and tell owners that they faced a $500 fine for a city code violation.

She'd allegedly leave but return later and say that she could make the problem go away for half that amount.

Investigators believe the scam might involve other people as well.

City Code Enforcement inspectors always carry an identification badge and business cards and drive marked white vehicles.

In Olive's case, she did not present City Code Enforcement identification and drove a black PT cruiser, police said. She also carried a tablet to show business owners their purported violation.

Detectives still want anyone who believes they might have been targeted by Olive to contact the Fayetteville Police Department's fraud unit at 910-433-1856.


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  • Earth Brooks Jun 6, 2014

    It's hard to believe that anyone would fall for this!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 6, 2014

    Unbelievable!!! I have absolutely no tolerance or pity for those who do such as this. Taking from others does not bode well for a person, because what goes around comes back around again, and what they've gained illegally will somehow be taken from them again because the "universe" has a way of evening things out in the end.