PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man pleaded guilty in a Pender County court Thursday to charges related to forgery, according to a spokesperson for District Attorney Ben David.
Roger Glenn Kornegay, 55, pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses in excess of $100,000, and five counts of forgery of a deed. Kornegay was obtaining deeds under false identities, advertising them online, selling them for cash, then taking the money and running.
Kornegay reportedly went to Pender and Onslow counties multiple times in 2010 to commit forgery-related crimes using a stolen identity and driver's license
Under the false identity, he forged three deeds for three properties to transfer ownership of three different oceanfront or ocean view empty lots in Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach. Kornegay told the attorneys the deeds were for inter-family in-kind swaps of property to settle an estate. Kornegay sold one property in Pender County for $250,000 alone.
When Kornegay had the deeds, he forged notary public seals from North Carolina and also used authentic notary public seals he'd gotten under false pretenses in Mississippi. He was scheming people up and down the North Carolina coast, Mississippi, Nebraska and was finally caught in Colorado by U.S. Marshals.
Kornegay had several aliases he used to pull off these crimes. He also changed his appearance to stay below the radar. He decided to enter a plea guilty after the state had prepared over fifty witnesses from multiple states, as well as a paper trail hundreds of pages long linking him to every crime he had ever committed.
Kornegay, who is already serving a federal prison sentence for possession of counterfeit commercial checks, and has pending warrants in several jurisdictions for felonies related to financial card frauds and thefts, was sentenced to 55 to 77 months in prison and ordered to pay $392,000 in restitution.
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