40-year-old James Scott Riley of Stover Road in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.
On September 22, the Sheriff’s Office took a report in which the victim said he paid $7,472.49 for an aquarium, purchased from a saltwater fish store in southern Iredell County. He never received the aquarium. During the investigation, a second victim came forward to report a similar incident involving the same business. The victim bought an aquarium for $10,434, but never received the aquarium.
The business is owned by James Scott Riley. Investigators contacted the distributor and learned that Riley had taken money from both victims, but had not paid the distributor for the aquariums. Riley told both victims that the aquariums had been ordered and shipped.
Riley was arrested on Wednesday, September 29. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for October 19.