CLAYTON – A local attorney’s office has been scammed out of a large sum of money. The Clayton attorney was refinancing a mortgage loan on a home for a 34 year-old Johnston County man.
According to interim Clayton Police Chief Greg Tart, during the process, the attorney who was handling the refinancing was contacted by a person claiming to be their client. The attorney ended up wiring $239,137.24 to an account that was fraudulent.
The attorney later realized that someone had been posing as the homeowner and email communications showing conversations between the attorney and the homeowner were made from a fictitious email account.
Chief Tart said the investigating is ongoing. Police detectives are also working to try and recover the money.