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Employee accused of trying to pawn Duke computers

April 9, 2018

A Youngsville man faces fraud charges in connection with attempts to pawn Duke University computers.

Troy Daniel Mortenson, 28, of 506 Holden Road, was charged last week with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

According to the arrest warrant, Mortenson tried to pawn a Lenovo laptop and an Apple iPad Air 2 at Picasso Pawn in Raleigh for $185 on Nov. 17 and a Lenovo laptop at National Jewelry and Pawn in Raleigh for $180 on Dec. 12.

The devices belonged to Duke, and Mortenson had no right to try to sell them, the warrant states.

Mortenson worked for Duke Health Technology Services for about a year before resigning in February, a Duke spokeswoman said.

He also faces two other charges of obtaining property by false pretense in Wake County and three such charges in Durham County, according to court records, as well as a charge of larceny by employee in Durham County. All of the alleged crimes occurred between November and February.