Deputies arrest Grimesland woman for Christian camp cookie scam

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt County Deputies arrested and charged Vickie Lane Gaynor on Wednesday in two separate cases of different types of fraud. The charges relate to a reported Christian camp cookie scam and the woman allegedly obtaining Oxycodone illegally.

On July 23, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office received reports that during June and July, Gaynor was visiting local businesses and residences asking people to buy cookies to support sending her three children to camp.

The Sherriff’s Office tells 9 On Your Side that Gaynor would present a camp application from one camp (Church of God Youth Camp in Kenly) and an overview of another camp (Centrifuge Camp in Ridgecrest, NC.). The heading contained her father’s church, Calvary Evangelistic Ministries Christian Church.

Deputies say their investigation revealed the financial donations were used for personal gain.  Gaynor continued to sell cookies for financial donations even after the camp sessions were over. Even more, her children never attended Centrifuge Camp.

If you believe that you were a victim of this scam, the Sheriff’s office asks that you contact Detective Christopher at (252) 902-2813. The Sheriff’s Office received more than one hundred calls Thursday afternoon. You are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Christy Wallace, the spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, says it may take a while for detectives to get back to you, but they will do so.

Also in July, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a prescription that had been altered for 90 dosage units of Oxycodone which is a Schedule II controlled Substance.  The dates of the prescription were altered in efforts to enable the suspect to have the prescription filled at an earlier date.

Deputies say the pharmacy initiated contact with the prescribing care provider and confirmed the prescription had been altered after it was issued to the patient/suspect.  The prescription was not dispensed.

However, the pharmacy staff viewed previous prescriptions presented at this location by the suspect involving the same prescriber and determined the suspect had passed a prior altered prescription for 90 dosage units of Oxycodone that was filled.

The sheriff office says that as a result of interviews, information and documents collected, detectives arrested and charged Gaynor with one count of Attempting Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Forgery and one count of Obtaining Controlled Substance by Fraud or Forgery.

Gaynor was served with additional charges for six counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretense for the cookie/camp incident.  She remains in Pitt County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

Vickie Lane Gaynor

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