Pennsylvania woman arrested in North Carolina after posing as military member as part of scam

Published 7:15 pm Saturday, July 17, 2021

A Pennsylvania woman was arrested in North Carolina after investigators said she posed as a member of the military and scammed a person out of more than $7,000, a sheriff’s office said Friday.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it received a report that a resident met a woman on an online dating site who said she needed money to ship her belongings home from overseas. The unidentified victim provided the woman with $7,500, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators determined the woman was using a fake name and identified her Jo Ann Burkey, 63, from Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She was charged with accessing a computer to defraud or obtain property, obtaining property by false pretense and attempt to obtain property by false pretense.

The sheriff’s office said Burkey was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. It’s not known if she has an attorney.

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