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Man Arrested for False Crime Report

By Annette Newell
Published On: Mar 14 2011 08:05:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 15 2011 08:58:19 AM CDT
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.