CARTERET COUNTY - A man who claimed he was robbed at knifepoint, found himself behind bars.
On Monday Carteret Sheriff's deputies arrested Dean Nichols Hardesty, 57 of Hatcher Drive, Newport for making a false report that he was kidnapped and robbed at knifepoint for cash.
Deputy Tami Thomas who investigated the case said she took a report from Hardesty at his home. She says he claimed two days earlier that a man and woman entered his home, held a knife to his throat, and demanded money.
Deputies say Hardesty told them he discovered the man used his stolen money to send a ?money gram? using the service provided by Walmart. Deputies were suspicious of the story.
They traveled to Walmart where they found surveillance video tape showing Hardesty himself making a ?MoneyGram? transaction wiring $260 to a man in Florida.
Deputies believe the motive for the fraud and the false report was an effort by Hardesty to file a claim through the ?MoneyGram? service, to double his money. Hardesty's charged with one count of Filing a False Police Report to the Carteret County Sheriff?s Office.
He was released from the Carteret County Jail.