2 accused of arson charged for raising money on Facebook, officials say

Stephanie Thomas, Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
Stephanie Thomas, Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
Jason Rollins, Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
Jason Rollins, Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Two people arrested last week for arson now face additional charges, allegedly after one of them tried to use Facebook to raise funds and goods after a house fire that they were arrested in connection with.

Stephanie Thomas, 37, and Jason Rollins, 31, are accused of second-degree arson and felony conspiracy following a fire at a home in Bolivia, NC that was started on September 17, according to information from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

On November 6, the BCSO's Office Investigation Task Force arrested Thomas and Rollins. The arrest warrant states that Thomas knowingly defrauded a group of people on Facebook in an attempt to obtain furniture, clothing and cash. The warrant states that under false pretenses, she posted "a public plea for assistance to include providing a savings account number for purposes of depositing cash funds."

The warrant also states that Thomas obtained goods, services and financial assistance from the Brunswick Family Assistance Agency by knowingly deceiving the organization.

Rollins was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain property under false pretenses.

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