Raleigh man accused of tornado scam

William Shannon Coble speaks with reporters outside the Raleigh courthouse

May 9, 2011 10:17:33 AM PDT
A man accused of trying to scam tornado victims appeared in a Raleigh courtroom Monday.

Investigators say 41-year-old William Shannon Coble of Ashdown Court asked homeowners to pay him for repair work and tarps donated by Samaritan's Purse.

Coble faces two counts of felony attempting to obtain property under false pretenses.

Speaking with reporters Monday, Coble denied the accusations.

"All I can tell you is that is false. I've not sold anything to anybody. Nor have charged anything to anybody," he said.

Police say at least one homeowner signed a contract with Coble, but Samaritan's Purse says its help is free and no contract is required.

Coble is scheduled to return to court later this month.

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