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Man charged with defrauding auto-care customers

Posted June 4, 2010 10:02 a.m. EDT
Updated June 4, 2010 10:06 a.m. EDT

— A Roanoke Rapids man faces charges that he defrauded people who paid him to work on their vehicles.

Detective Doug Pilgreen said that the Halifax County Sheriff's Office has received three complaints from customers of Walter Harvey Jr., 50.

Two victims said they paid in advance for Harvey to work on their vehicles last year, but he never did the work, Pilgreen said. A third victim said that in 2005, he turned his truck over to Green and paid in advance for some work, but Green never returned the truck.

Harvey was arrested Wednesday on seven counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. He was placed in the Halifax County Jail under a $40,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for July 21.

Harvey was convicted of obtaining property by false pretenses and sentenced to probation on May 19, 2009, according to state Department of Correction records. He served a 3-year prison sentence in the early 1990s after being convicted of selling drugs.