Paris Police investigators are charging a New Hampshire man with theft after he allegedly took part in a hacking scam involving a local real estate agency.

Preston Colbath, age unknown, of Rindge, N.H., will be charged for theft of property over $10,000, according to Lt. Ricky Watson of the PPD’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Watson said Colbath is being charged for his involvement in the theft of $10,000 from a Clarksville citizen who was attempting to buy a house in Henry County.

Police investigating the theft learned that the real estate agency had been hacked, and the hacker had begun sending emails to the victim while posing as the real estate agent.

The victim was told to email the closing costs of $10,326 to Colbath’s account.

Colbath told investigators he had taken the money out of his banking account over a three-day period before wiring it to someone he thought was a female internet friend in Missouri.

Colbath was himself scammed out of $20,000-$40,000 several months earlier.

He was also investigated two months ago after a bank in England wired $20,000 into another of Colbath’s accounts.

That money was also sent to the same woman in Missouri, Watkins stated.

“This is at least the third time that he has been involved in some type of scam,” Watkins said. “The Paris Police Department has been into contact with the Boston Field Office of the FBI and have made them aware of the money laundering that Mr. Colbath seems to be involved in, and they will be actively working on the case on the other scams.”

In other incidents:

• A Kentucky man was arrested on a handgun charge early this morning in eastern Henry County by a Sheriff’s Deputy.

Adam Christopher Wilson, 41, Cadiz, Ky., was arrested on Highway 140 east of Paris by Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Perry.

He was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a firearm while under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.

According to Perry’s report, he was patrolling Highway 140 about 12:30 a.m. today and stopped the vehicle Wilson was driving after he saw it swerve into an oncoming lane of traffic.

He allegedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests but denied he had been drinking.

Officers found a loaded Sig Sauer handgun in the vehicle’s center console.

Wilson refused to submit to a blood or breath test upon arriving at the jail.

His bond was set at $2,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

• A Benton County man was arrested on an aggravated assault charge Thursday afternoon by a Henry County Sheriff’s deputy.

Freddie L. Wheatley Jr., 34, Camden, was charged with aggravated assault and felony failure to appear at the Benton County jail by Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski.

According to the arrest warrant, Wheatley is accused of slamming a woman’s head into a car dash during an argument in Henry County in early July.

Wheatley’s bond was set at $7,500 on the assault charge and $5,000 on the failure to appear charge. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

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