HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A judge set a $500 surety bond Tuesday for the Pawleys Island man who allegedly sold sandbags in the wake of Hurricane Florence and failed to deliver them, according to court records.
Thomas David Korinek, 42, of Pawleys Island, is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent less than $2,000.
On September 12, a woman reportedly agreed to pay the suspect $90 for several sandbags after seeing an ad on Facebook, but only received half of what she requested, according to an Horry County Police Department incident report. Korinek told her he would be back to deliver the remaining sandbags later in the day as he was “really busy,” according to an Horry County Police Department incident report.
On September 13, police say the woman asked the suspect to deliver additional sandbags to her father’s home in the Conway area. According to the report, the victim gave Korinek $160 for those bags, but failed to receive those as well. Police say she texted the suspect several times asking when the bags would be delivered. Korinek’s messages eventually became threatening, the report states. According to police, her father’s sandbags, as well as the remaining sandbags that she purchased, were never delivered.
Korinek is also being cited for operating a business in Horry County without a business license. He is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.