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Man wanted for fraud in three other states arrested after bringing construction fraud scheme to ENC

John Bragg II aka John Keliher.
John Bragg II aka John Keliher.

A man wanted for fraud in at least three other states was arrested after bringing his scheme to eastern North Carolina.

Officials with the Beaufort Police Department said they received an anonymous tip that John Edmond Bragg II, a fugitive with warrants from Indiana, Florida, and West Virginia, was living on Ann Street and he was arrested without incident.

Investigators said Bragg has an extensive criminal history of fraud and theft.

Bragg has been living in Beaufort for approximately 3 months, officials said, and was working in construction under the name John Keliher.

A search of his apartment revealed evidence connecting him to crimes in other states as well as crimes he is being investigated for in Beaufort.

Investigators said Bragg has entered into contracts to perform work, received deposits, and has not produced any labor or materials in at least three cases in Beaufort.

Anyone that believes they were victimized by Bragg aka John Keliher is asked to contact Detective Troy Edwards at the Beaufort Police Department at (252) 728-4561.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.