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July 11
NC Fraudster Gets 32 Years for Recording Scheme

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
For Immediate Release

Contact: Luther Snyder, Deputy Director
O. 919-856-5462 M. 919-369-7045
luther.snyder@wakegov.com

NC FRAUDSTER GETS 32 YEARS FOR RECORDING SCHEME

Wake County Register of Deeds Assists Law Enforcement Investigation

Raleigh, NC – On July 9, 2018 Xavier Earquhart was sentenced to 32 years in Federal prison after he was convicted of stealing more than a million dollars in a scheme implemented by recording false documents across North Carolina including the Wake County Register of Deeds office. The scheme was carried out in 2015 and 2016.

Wake County Register of Deeds Charles P. Gilliam stated: “The Wake County Register of Deeds office records more than 135,000 land records a year, and its mission is vital to enabling economic activity and protecting the rights of hundreds of thousands of people. The public relies on the legitimacy of the documents registered in our office and all of us are harmed when their validity is tampered with. To protect the public, we must deter and punish those who would impinge the integrity of the Registry.

The fraudster Xavier Earquhart, stole more than a million dollars and left many innocent victims in his wake. He will now spend a very long time behind bars where he will not be able to do any more harm. I commend United States Attorney Robert J. (Bobby) Higdon, Assistant United States Attorney William M. Gilmore and Department of the Treasury Special Agent Anthony Ventre for investigating and successfully prosecuting this crime.”

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