Former Greenville city employee charged in donation scam

Eric McLawhorn (Photo courtesy of Greenville PD)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - A former City of Greenville employee was arrested after allegedly going door-to-door asking for money while pretending to be there in an official capacity for the city.

Eric McLawhorn was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, Greenville Police Department spokesperson Kristen Hunter said. He was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond.

McLawhorn, Hunter said, was formerly employed by the city's Public Works Department as a sanitation worker. Police received reports that a person posing as a city employee was going door-to-door in neighborhoods asking for financial donations for a sick co-worker.

GPD used Nextdoor and various social media platforms to warn residents about the scam on July 19 and McLawhorn was arrested the following day.

If you gave money to McLawhorn, or feel you may have been scammed, please contact the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4315.

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