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Selma Man In Jail After Failing To Pay Bail

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SELMA, N.C. — A man who hired people in Johnston County and then never paid them was in court on Monday.

Jimmy Strickland will receive a court-appointed attorney and remain in the Johnston County jail after failing to come up with $300,000 for bail. Strickland faces 12 felony charges of obtaining property under false pretense.

Court records show Strickland offered 12 people a chance to work at a Selma warehouse, but he never paid them. Many of the employees had given up their jobs, looking forward to better-paying ones with Strickland.

Strickland had hired Amy Cope to work as vice president of his operation. She had to push for the paychecks.

"When he did leave, he went supposedly to his house to get the checks and then never came back," she said.

Authorities arrested Strickland Friday after interviewing several of his former employees. Strickland will appear in court later this month.


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