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Bin Zhu
Courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Georgia Man Caught While Arriving At Residence In Iredell County To Allegedly Commit Scam

62-year-old Bin Zhu of Sandy Springs, Georgia, was arrested Tuesday (January 30) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver MDA/MDMA, and maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were notified about a possible scammer going to a home on Hazel Lane in Troutman. Deputies were told that the suspect was a man identifying himself as an FBI agent. He would contact elderly people and tell them their bank accounts had been compromised and they needed to withdraw all the money and turn it over to the “FBI”. Then someone would show up at their home claiming to be the FBI agent and retrieve the cash.

Deputies quickly made contact with the homeowner and she said the scammer was supposed to be arriving shortly. Since there was no description of the scammer or the scammer’s vehicle the Sheriff’s Office remained in close proximity and set up surveillance of the residence. Once the suspect approached the door and made contact with the victim, Deputies took him into custody. He was identified as Bin Zhu.

Photo courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

Zhu admitted that he was there to pick up the money and that he had illegal narcotics in his vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found $3,890 in cash along with multiple vials of cocaine and ecstasy. The vehicle and contents were seized and Zhu was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was initially jailed without bond. As of earlier today (February 1) Zhu was being held in that facility under $76,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for February 21.

Photo courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff’s Office