Hurricane Evacuee tipped Police to Bank Fraud and Suspect
Jeremy Keith Pritchett charged with 41 Counts of Fraud, Exploitation
Shevon Thomas, the attorney representing Jeremy Pritchett moved swiftly to keep a lid on all the details surrounding the alleged fraud case and former bank worker.
According to a police investigator a hurricane evacuee tipped off law enforcement to Jeremy Pritchett’s alleged scheme.
The initial investigation led to detectives finding more than a dozen other victims, most of them over the age of 65 and on a limited income.
Pritchett was charged with multiple counts including financial transaction card theft, identity fraud and financial exploitation of an elderly person.
His defense attorney Shevon Thomas abruptly waived the preliminary hearing and no testimony or facts were presented in Recorder’s Court during the defendant’s first appearance.
Attorney Thomas said it wasn’t a move to limit publicity about the case.
“That was not our intent. Tt’s gonna come out anyway. But there is still some leg work that has to be done to prove these charges.” Thomas said
Fully aware of the immediate notoriety associated with his client and accusations he scammed a hurricane evacuee, Thomas offered this reminder when asked if had anything to say to the public.
“Yes I do. The Constitution states that each person charged with an offense is innocent until proven guilty.”
The judge set bond at 41 thousand dollars. That’s a thousand per count. Attorney Thomas called the bond fair based on the amount allegedly taken.