• 66°

Imposter plagues Panthers’ Wharton

By Mike Cranston
Associated PressCHARLOTTE ó The Carolina Panthers say a man impersonating left tackle Travelle Wharton has defrauded a handful of people out of about $25,000.
Panthers director of security Gene Brown said Wednesday that the man has an identification card with Wharton’s name and has been able to dupe “about four or five people” into investment scams.
Wharton said he has not been the victim of identity theft, but he wanted to come forward to warn others who might be approached by the man.
“It’s your name, something you work hard for,” said Wharton, a starter on Carolina’s offensive line since his rookie season in 2004. “To have somebody doing this, it’s kind of a shock and I feel violated.”
Brown said the first incident was about a year ago, when a woman in the Atlanta area claimed she lost $5,300 when the unidentified man promised he would promote events surrounding the CIAA basketball tournament in Charlotte. The incidents have continued this year.
Brown said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Pineville police and NFL security are investigating. He said the man has been identified, but no arrests have been made.
Charlotte police spokeswoman Rosalyn Harrington said she had no information on the case.
“If somebody approaches you, do your research,” the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Wharton said. “Be very cautious.”
Brown said he set up a meeting with the first unidentified woman who claimed to be defrauded and Wharton shortly after she contacted the team.
“This person was supposedly going to promote some big event and was going to turn her $5,300 into, I don’t know, $15,000 or $20,000 in a matter of a few weeks,” Brown said. “She sat down and as soon as she looked at Travelle she knew that it was not him and that she had been duped.”
The Panthers say there was another incident about a year ago with a person posing as Panthers safety Charles Godfrey soliciting money for tickets to games and postgame visits to the locker room.
“Our players don’t raise money that way,” Brown said. “People just need to be very cautious.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual

Business

Biz Roundup: Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Salute to Agri-Business’ at March Power in Partnership

Local

Local legislators back bills ranging from new restrictions on sex offenders to Holocaust education

News

After surviving COVID-19 scare, Lois Willard set to celebrate 100th birthday

High School

Carson rolls over South 41-0 as about 600 allowed in to see season opener for both

Education

East Spencer after-school program looks toward opening, nonprofit status

Lifestyle

Frank Ramsey inducted into the NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame

College

Livingstone’s Stoutamire inducted into 2021 CIAA Hall of Fame

Nation/World

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus

13 deaths reported in Rowan, county stresses need to receive second dose

Coronavirus

10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week

News

North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire

Education

UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus

Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10

Nation/World

Update: $1.9 trillion relief bill passes House, moves on to Senate

Nation/World

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely

Coronavirus

Update: FDA follows advisers’ recommendation, OKs single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

Local

Post wins 18 N.C. Press Association Awards

Education

Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen

Local

Lanning named Spencer’s fire chief