A former Roanoke Rapids modular home salesman was arrested Sunday following an investigation which showed he allegedly bilked eight customers out of close to $32,000 in a scheme where he sold them the same home.
Investigation by Detective M. Worrell of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department began after she went to the business, which interim Chief Bobby Martin declined to name, to follow up on a breaking and entering report.
From there the investigator was approached about a salesman, Stephen Still, 41, allegedly stealing money from the company.
The embezzlement investigation began on January 25, Martin said in a statement today.
Martin said this afternoon the embezzlement crimes began in the latter part of 2018.
Investigation, according to the statement, showed Still had reportedly sold the same home to several different people, which by the investigation’s end was revealed to be eight victims.
The $32,000 represented a portion of the cash down payments on the modular home, Martin said.
According to the statement, Still told the victims he could not accept checks. Martin said checks are traceable. He declined to say whether any of the money was recovered.
The business was made aware of the embezzlement about a week after Still’s employment ended with the business. When a former client came in and inquired about the purchase, the victim’s paperwork did not match the business’s.
Lieutenant P. Parks arrested Still shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday and brought him before a magistrate, who placed him under $10,000 bond and assigned him a March 6 court date.
“The business did a good job by discovering the discrepancies following the victim’s complaints,” Martin said.
Said Martin of Worrell, “She was very diligent in her investigation and did a great job getting with the business and discovering how much (was embezzled) and how he (Still) was able to do it.”