GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Grifton insurance agent who exploited scores of elderly victims pleaded guilty to 29 counts of embezzlement last week.
David Pickett was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, with another four years suspended.
Pickett was originally investigated in 2015 and 2016 on allegations involving elderly victims, authorities said.
He was charged with exploiting the elderly, embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.
A total of 31 victims were identified during the investigation and were moved to be heard together under one jurisdiction in Wayne County.
While those charges were pending, investigators discovered 12 additional victims, and in 2017 he was arrested again on more counts of the same charges.
The charges involved acts in Pitt, Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Carteret, Harnett, Wayne and Duplin counties.
Following Pickett’s prison term, he will be on supervised probation for five years.
A condition of his probation includes restitution payments towards the $51,148.40 owed to the victims.
Pickett also was required to surrender his North Carolina Insurance License on Nov. 16 as part of his sentencing.