Chatham County Sheriff’s investigators charged a woman this week after looking into allegations that she scammed people trying to buy puppies online.
Jacqueline Renee Garrett, 37, of 4709 Indian Springs Road in Seven Springs, located in Wayne County, was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
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Sheriff’s investigators first learned about possible fraud involving puppy sales on Sept. 2, they said, when someone reported paying Garrett $150 via the PayPal online payment system for a puppy they never received.
After the money was sent, Garrett’s phone number was disconnected, and the victim wasn’t able to reach anyone about the puppy, investigators reported. They searched Garrett’s social media accounts and found posts from other disgruntled buyers who were also victims of the puppy scam, they stated.
Garrett was on probation for larceny and drug charges in Lenior County when she was arrested. She was taken to the Chatham County Detention Center but transferred into the custody of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
She is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on Oct. 23.
Anyone with information about the case can call the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-542-2811.