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Internet scam suspect charged

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WECT) - Police in Elizabethtown charged a woman accused of using a counterfeit check for online nanny scam.

According to the Elizabethtown Police Department, Stacey Lasonya Singletary, 42 of Bladenboro, was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses after convincing a woman in California she needed a nanny for her child.

Police said Adriana Cortes, of Moorpark, California, responded to an ad on Craigslist for a nanny position in her city on June 12, 2013.

The ad was from a "family" who was moving there and was looking for a nanny for their child.

Officials say after communication between Cortes and the advertiser, the advertiser sent Cortes a check for over $2,000 for her to deposit into her banking account. The money was to be used for Cortes to buy groceries and supplies for the advertisers home before they arrived in Moorpark. 

Police say the advertiser then emailed Cortes and said he was having problems with his future landlord and wanted Cortes to wire him $1,900 for him to pay the deposit on the new home rental. With fees the total was $2,050. 

The money was wired to Walmart in Elizabethtown. 

Officials say shortly after the money was wired, Cortes was contacted by her bank and notified that the check that she had deposited was counterfeit.  She contacted the Moorpark Police Department. The Moorpark Police then contacted the Elizabethtown Police Department. 

After investigation, officers learned that the scam was committed by Singletary. She was charged on a criminal summons and released on July 18, 2013.

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