Former City Employee Arrested in Donation Scam

A former sanitation worker with the City of Greenville was arrested after alledgedly posing as a city employee and soliciting money for a fake charity.

According to a news release from the Greenville Police Department, 41-year-old Eric Mate McLawhorn has been charged  with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

McLawhorn formerly was employed as a sanitation worker with the City of Greenville’s Public Works Department but no longer works for the city, the release said. McLawhorn recently was reported to have been posing as a city employee and going door to door asking for monetary donations for a sick coworker, the release said.

The Greenville Police Department issued an advisory on various social media outlets informing residents that the City of Greenville did not have any authorized employees seeking monetary donations from residents or visiting residential homes.

McLawhorn was taken to the Pitt County Detention Center and placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

Anyone that gave money to McLawhorn can contact the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315.

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