Charlotte Twins Accused Of Faking Pregnancy To Scam People Out Of Money

Police say: "They make really good money."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Helping the homeless or helping criminals? People in Charlotte, North Carolina have spotted twin sisters—who appear to be pregnant— panhandling on the streets but it could be a total scam.  "They make really good money, it's all cash, tax-free," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Andrew Innerfield, who cited both women with panhandling.

WSOCTV investigated and spotted one of the women panhandling at a crossection. She rubbed her belly, which indicated that she was pregnant. Neighbors claim the sisters aren't homeless and have been faking pregnancies for months.

The sisters are 27-year-old Brittany and Meghan Penninger and they both have previous rap sheets. Brittany has a felony conviction for conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and has been arrested more than a dozen times. She was arrested for panhandling earlier this month. When she was searched, her pregnancy "bump" was revealed to be ball of blankets and towels.  "She was telling me they can make about $200 in an hour and a half to two hours," Officer Innerfield said.

Brittany pled guilty after a May 5 arrest and were sentenced to 48 hours in jail. Her sister is slated in court today. Despite the charges, Innerfield expects to see the sisters back on the streets again.

"They seem like they have very little remorse about the fact that they're taking money from people on a fraud," he said.

[Photo: Dept of Corrections]


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