Kenly man pretended to be fireman collecting donations, deputies say

Billy Wayne Steen in a photo from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.
Billy Wayne Steen in a photo from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A Kenly man has been charged with obtaining property by false pretense after allegedly pretending to solicit donations on behalf of a fire department, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Billy Wayne Steen, 41, of 586 Boswell Road, Kenly, was arrested this week after residents complained that a man was collecting donations in exchange for smoke alarm inspections on behalf of the Summerville Fire Department, but failed to return to complete the inspections, wrote Maj. Tom Effler of the Sheriff’s Office.

Victims told investigators that the man wore a Summerville Fire Department T-shirt and solicited donations of $10 each, according to authorities.

The fire chief confirmed the department had not sent anyone out to conduct such inspections or collect donations, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Steen’s bond was set at $2,500 secured, officials said.

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