Hampstead woman arrested on fraud charges using PayPal

On December 14, 2018, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol deputies responded to a residence on Tar Landing Road in Holly Ridge for a report of fraud. The victim indicated someone had accessed his PayPal account and transferred money to their own account.

The victim provided information that led investigators to issue a search warrant for PayPal records. Information received back from PayPal revealed that Melody Croom Hudson had received money fraudulently from the victim’s account.

Hudson, 32 years of age of Sloop Point Road in Hampstead, was arrested February 7, 2019. She was taken before a magistrate and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense, a felony. Hudson was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Hipple at 910-989-40401, matthew_hipple@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019924 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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