Small town's big man bilked neighbors, police say

The woman's phone rang at 8:30 on a chilly Friday night. Her caller ID showed the number for J.V. Huffman Jr., who managed her $130,000 retirement account — but there was a different voice on the line.

“This is agent Shawn Pruett with the North Carolina Secretary of State's office,” the woman recalled hearing. “Do you have money invested with J.V. Huffman? We've got him for fraud.”

“I started shaking so bad, it was like I was having a seizure,” said the woman, who asked not to be named for fear it would compromise plans to consolidate her loans.

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