KANNAPOLIS, NC (WJZY) - A Greensboro man has been charged with attempting to financially exploit an 87-year-old Kannapolis woman, according to Kannapolis Police.
On Monday, April 25, investigators say Charles Turner was going door to door as a salesman for Capital Meats in Kannapolis.
Police say Turner came in contact with an 87-year-old woman at her house and tried to sell her a large quantity of frozen meat for $400.
The woman suffers from diminished mental capacity and did not have enough money to pay for the meat, according to police.
Turner and another employee drove the woman in their company van to a local Wells Fargo Bank.
Turner tried to get the woman to take money out of her bank account to pay for the meat. Bank employees realized the woman was not in a state of mind to do what she was doing and alerted police to the situation.
The woman was not injured and taken back to her home by a relative.
A warrant for arrest was obtained for Turner for the charge of exploitation of an elder adult through a business relationship, according to police.
He turned himself in at the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 2. and was released after posting a $250 bond.
Turner has been terminated from his job with Capital Meats, according to police.
"We take these types of cases very seriously and will not tolerate our elderly being harassed, pressured, or exploited in any manner, said Police Chief Woody Chavis. I am very pleased that my officers were able to track this individual down before he could target someone else. We want to remind all of our citizens to be wary of salesmen of any kind who approach you and try to pressure you or trick you into buying their product, make repairs to your home, or get you involved in something that sounds too good to be true. Always deal with reputable dealers,
and contractors, and always get a second opinion.”
Capital Meats released the following statement:
"We have been made aware of a recent incident involving an independent contractor who purchased product from our company for resale. Please know that it is not our policy to allow anyone who leases a vehicle from our company to transport any customers to the bank, or anywhere else, for that matter. It is especially concerning to us that the customer involved was elderly, and we take this matter very seriously.
While the sales representative maintains that it was not his intention to take advantage of anyone, we see this at the very least, as a grave lack of judgement on his part. We spoke with him at length the day following the incident, and we made the decision at that time to terminate his contract with CMI.
Our company is family owned and operated, and our goal has always been and continues to be, to provide a quality product and professional and courteous service to the communities in which we live, and we will continue to take swift action to ensure that all those who represent CMI uphold those same high standards. We have reached out to the family involved in the incident with a personal apology, and we extend a sincere apology to the surrounding community."