Shelby man charged with false pretense involving set up of mobile home

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Harold Richard Baker, 77, of 837 Johnnie Bridges Road, Shelby, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of setting up a mobile home without a set-up contractor’s license.

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Baker of obtaining $2,500 to set up a mobile home on Biddy Lane in Rutherfordton after telling the customer he was a licensed mobile home set-up contractor when he had lost his license in 2018.

According to criminal summonses, Baker also received payment for setting up a mobile home on Lois Lane in Kings Mountain without a license.

The offenses occurred between Aug. 12, 2020, and Oct. 16, 2020.

Baker was served with criminal summonses on Feb. 3. He has a hearing in Rutherford County District Court on Feb. 25 and in Cleveland County District Court on Feb. 26.

To report suspected fraud and other white-collar crimes, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Information is also available at

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