Editor’s note: This edition covers the period from Feb. 11 to 17 and includes reports from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Waxhaw police, Monroe police and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. During this period, no significant incidents were reported in Hemby Bridge, Lake Park, Marvin, Mineral Springs, Unionville or Wesley Chapel.
Monroe firm accused of fraud
A Monroe firm stands accused of operating a Ponzi scheme that collected more than $669,000 since 2008.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed an anti-fraud civil lawsuit Feb. 9 against PMC Strategy LLC and its principal owners, Statesville native Michael Hudspeth and Monroe native Timothy Bailey.
Neither defendant ever registered with the commission, according to court documents. The complaint accuses both men of soliciting and collecting funds from retail investors, which they used to invest in a foreign currency trading scheme. As recently as November, the defendants were still operating the scheme, the suit says, but hadn’t made payments to any customers since February 2010. The complaint alleges they hid the scheme through false profit checks, which were sent to customers each month.
U.S. District Court Judge Graham C. Mullen froze the assets of both defendants and issued an other prohibiting them from destroying any records.
The trading commission has asked the court to order for financial restitution to all customers, a permanent trading and registration ban on both men and an injunction prohibiting further violations.
Motorcycle rider killed by driver
A Monroe man is dead after a Jeep hit his motorcycle in Monroe Sunday, Feb. 13.
Just before 1 p.m. Sunday, Richard Brantner, 21, of Sunrise Lane in Monroe, was driving his red Jeep Wrangler west on Phifer Street.
Brantner made a left turn, heading directly into the path of a motorcycle driven by Willie Holmes Jr., 36. Holmes later died at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. As of Wednesday, Feb. 16, no charges had been filed in the case.
Mailbox vandals strike again
A 72-year-old Fairview resident got a surprise when he walked outside Sunday, Feb. 13. As he came outside just before 8 a.m., the man found his mailbox had been damaged during the night. The incident happened in the 400 block of West Old Dutch Road.
Local man arrested for DWI
Swerving over the center line got one man arrested in Indian Trail on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Deputies noticed the man’s Dodge Dakota swerving left of center and pulled him over in the 6500 block of Old Monroe Road. They found Juan Gonzalez Blancas had no operator’s license and an open container of alcohol in the passenger seat. He was charged with driving while impaired and not having a license.
Waffle House employee theft
Deputies were called to the Waffle House at 13727 Independence Blvd. after officials reported a possible theft. Restaurant officials said they believe an employee took $55.69 from the register late on Sunday, Feb. 13.
Wedding ring taken from Mill Grove home
Thieves ran off with a 75-year-old woman’s wedding ring, along with a handgun and other pieces of jewelry. The theft occurred Sunday, Feb. 13, in the 8300 block of Mill Grove Road. The homeowner returned to find thieves had forced their way inside the home, removing a .357 Magnum gun and $8,500 in jewelry.
Counterfeit bills passed at Walmart
Deputies were called to the Walmart on Younts Road on Tuesday, Feb. 15, after employees spotted two counterfeit bills at the register. A 35-year-old Indian Trail woman had used the bills to pay for merchandise, and store personnel recognized the fakes as she was leaving. No charges have been filed.
Dog stolen from local home
Police officers were called to a home in the 4600 block of Crewe Hall Lane on Monday, Feb. 14, after thieves ran off with the family pet. The incident theft occurred just before 7 p.m., when the family dog disappeared from his pen. The owners reported no property damage or anything else stolen.
Death investigation on Cherry Hollow Lane
Deputies are classifying the death of a 24-year-old man as natural causes, after they found his body in his home in the 5700 block of Cherry Hollow Lane on Monday, Feb. 14. Family members asked deputies to check at his home when they didn’t see the young man for a few days.
A hungry thief
Thieves targeting a property in the 5200 block of Weddington Road apparently didn’t eat beforehand. The criminals pried open a door and took two boxes of Philly steaks, two boxes of barbeque rib sandwiches, a box of M&Ms, a package of turkey, a jar of pickles and a box of frozen candy bars. Nothing else was damaged, and nothing else was stolen.