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She Was Hired To Do Cleanup After Hurricane Florence. Then She Walked Away With More Than $200,000, Police Say.

Source: Onslow County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Laura Gray.

Jan. 13 2023, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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A North Carolina woman who police say swindled people out of money during the cleanup of Hurricane Florence was arrested.

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According to police, Laura Louise Gray, 54, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, has been charged with obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud and exploiting/disabling elder trust.

Police say Gray was hired by resident to make repairs on a home after Hurricane Florence damaged it. Gray allegedly filed claims with State Farm Insurance and Pilot Catastrophe Services while claiming to be the victim's daughter.

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According to police, an investigation determined that Gray exploited the victim and fraudulently received $211,578 in insurance payouts.

Gray was not granted bond but was released with a written promise that she would show up for court, according to ABC 12.

Police aks anyone else who may have been a victim of Gray's to contact them at 910-455-3113 or 910-938-3273.


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