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Post by Paul2CV Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:50 pm

Hi Forum,

The Izard County sheriff warns of a local home repair scam. Keep alert. Know that City Hall keeps a list of approved vendors.

Thanks to the Village Journal for publishing:

Izard County Sheriff warns of home repair scam

Monday, August 15, 2011

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence issued a warning Aug. 8 for people to
beware of unsolicited home repair and maintenance offers.
Lawrence said a Melbourne woman in her 80s reported that three men came to her home offering to power wash her house.

She said they offered to complete the job for $150.

One of the three men assisted the woman in writing the check. The check was cashed at a local bank in an amount of $1,150.

An investigation by the Izard County Sheriff's Department determined the
work scam involved Kevin Bramlett, of Cave City and Melbourne, and
Jerry Wisdom and Joey Canard, both of Cave City.

Lawrence said the three agreed to return the money to the victim,
because she was charged too much. Lawrence returned the money to the
woman the following day.

Canard and Bramlett are also persons of interest in another repair scam
case that happened in Melbourne four or five months ago.

Lawrence said the investigation is continuing and charges against the
three will likely be filed. Investigator Charles Melton and Senior
Deputy Gabe Sanders are the investigating officers.

Most scam artists target the elderly, Lawrence said. "One of the
suspects even stated to investigator that older ladies generally pay
better because they can't do the work themselves," Lawrence said. "The
best practice is simple --do not accept offers to perform repair or
maintenance from people you don't know personally and know them to be

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