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Two people facing locksmith fraud charges

Posted February 14, 2010 8:32 p.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2010 9:37 p.m. EST

— Two Raleigh residents are accused of charging people for locksmith services performed by unlicensed workers.

Netta Leigh Eisner, 23, and Roi Gershon, 27, both of 9601 Allsbrooke Drive, work at A1A Locksmith, according to arrest warrants.

A1A Locksmith had unlicensed individuals offering and performing locksmith services in Wake, Durham and Guilford counties, the warrants state.

Eisner and Gershon are facing multiple locksmith violation fraud charges. The alleged offenses occurred over the past few months.

In April, a WRAL hidden-camera investigation showed how non-licensed locksmith businesses deceptively run up the price on consumers.

The investigation prompted a flood of complaints to the state Attorney General's Office. Attorney General Roy Cooper then filed suit against three companies that each operate under numerous names in an effort to shut down the operation.

Cooper urged consumers who call locksmiths for help to make sure the person who shows up displays a North Carolina locksmith license and that the company has a verifiable business address. Most legitimate locksmiths also use marked vehicles and wear uniforms.