A North Carolina woman has been arrested after she allegedly said a family member died to defraud churches for money.
On Jan. 24, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina received a report of a person calling local churches asking for financial assistance, stating that a family member had recently passed away.
One of the local churches provided her with money, according to the sheriff's office.
Police determined the caller’s family member was alive and the suspect lied about their death to exploit local churches, the sheriff's office stated.
Crystal Gail Ingram, 43, has been charged with two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.
She was admitted to the Moore County Detention Center, and bond was set at $2,500, according to the sheriff's office.
Ingram was also being held without bond for an outstanding parole violation from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.