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Fraud charges against Wilson woman dismissed

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Prosecutors have thrown out three fraud charges against a Wilson woman in a 2017 case.

Sheila Draughn Carter, 53, of Seven Hills Annex West, had been charged with three counts of obtaining property by false pretense on March 20 when Wilson police served arrest warrants stemming from an alleged Jan. 18 incident.

All three counts were voluntarily dismissed by the Wilson County District Attorney’s Office on Nov. 16, according to court records.

Obtaining property by false pretense is a Class H felony punishable by 4-8 months of prison time or intermediate or community punishment under North Carolina structured sentencing laws.

Suspects facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Dismissals indicate insufficient evidence to prosecute and former defendants whose charges have been dropped are no longer accused of crimes alleged to have occurred.

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