Inmate Defrauded By Relative, JCSO Says

A prison inmate was allegedly defrauded by a relative while serving 15 months behind bars.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has charged 58 year-old Thomas Wayne Dawson of S. Pleasant Coates Road, Benson with identity theft and five counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Authorities said while Dawson’s brother was in prison, he gained access to his bank account and made withdrawals totaling approximately $4,825.  The alleged thefts occurred between August 2017 and November 2018 while his brother was incarcerated.

Dawson was arrested Wednesday and held under a $15,000 bond.