Woman accused of impersonating serviceman in North Carolina in online dating scam
GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – A Pennsylvania woman who linked a Pitt County man on a dating site has been accused of defrauding him, claiming she was in the military.
On January 29, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of fraud by someone posing as a member of the military. The victim said she met a woman on an online dating site who ultimately claimed to need financial help to return her belongings from overseas.
The victim provided $ 7,500.
The investigation determined that the woman was using a false name. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Jo Ann Burkey, 63, of Greensburg, Pa. She surrendered to detectives Thursday at the Pitt County Detention Center, where she was charged with the following crimes.
- Access a computer to defraud or obtain property
- Obtaining ownership on false pretenses
- Attempt to obtain property through a false pretext
Burkey was released after posting an unsecured bond of $ 25,000.