Atlanta man arrested by Summerville police for defrauding Verizon of $115K

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Police arrested a Georgia man accused of conning Verizon Wireless stores out of $115,500 over a three-year period.

John E. Blanton, 32, of Atlanta, Ga., was arrested and charged with forgery Wednesday after police say he used a fake name to register for two phones and phone lines at a Summerville Verizon store.

Security personnel at Verizon's corporate offices notified the Summerville store and told them Blanton had done the same thing in North Charleston the same day. In all, he managed to defraud the wireless company of $115,517 in three years.

According to the police report, the company had issued an e-mail alert concerning Blanton.

Blanton was captured by police Wednesday evening when they say he tried the same ruse at a Charleston Verizon store. During a search, they found one of the phones from the Summerville store, the report stated.

Summerville police took him to the Berkeley County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

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