The North Wilkesboro Police Department arrested a woman on 34 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and 21 counts of identity theft Monday as a result of a fraud investigation.
Courtney Amber Lynne Prevette, 20, of Peace Street, North Wilkesboro, was also charged with nine counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and 15 counts of dispensing medication without a license.
All of the charges are felony offenses.
Major Scott Teague, assistant chief of the North Wilkesboro Police Department, said the charges culminated an investigation by the department since June 1. Teague said several people reported to Sgt. Shannon Anderson that they were scammed over the internet.
“All the victims were active members of an Internet site that links individuals with Type One Diabetes (T1D). The site allows individuals to talk about T1D and buy and sell extra T1D supplies,” said Teague.
He said Prevette is charged with entering into agreements to sell supplies to some of the people while acting under an alias. “After receiving electronic payment, Prevette would never ship the supplies.”
Teague added, “The investigation is ongoing and more charges are anticipated. At this point of the investigation the department has been contacted by 32 victims.”
Prevette was given a $500,000 secured bond.