Woman accused of posing as military member in NC as part of online dating scam

North Carolina

Jo Ann Burkey (Pitt County Sheriff’s Office photo)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A Pennsylvania woman who made a connection with a man in Pitt County on a dating website has been charged with defrauding him, claiming she was a member of the military.

On Jan. 29, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of fraud by someone posing as a member of the military. The victim said he met a woman on an online dating site who eventually claimed to need financial assistance to ship her belongings back from overseas.

The victim provided $7,500.

The investigation determined the woman was using a fake name. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Jo Ann Burkey, 63, of Greensburg, Pa. She surrendered to detectives on Thursday at the Pitt County Detention Center, where she was charged with the following crimes.

  • Accessing a Computer to Defraud or Obtain Property
  • Obtain Property by False Pretense
  • Attempt to Obtain Property by False Pretense

Burkey was released after posting a $25,000 unsecured bond.

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