Previously arrested roof scammer facing new charges

- A man previously arrested for a roof repair scam is now facing a new set of charges, according to police. Richard “Scott” King was arrested on July 5, 2016 for Theft by Deception, Exploitation of Disabled Adult or Elder Person, and Deposit Account Fraud.

He now faces an additional 5 warrants for Theft by Deception and one warrant for Exploitation of a Disabled Adult or Elder Person, according to officials.  His current whereabouts are unknown. 

The lead investigator assigned to both series of crimes found that in 2016, Scott was responsible for multiple crimes in which he tricked homeowners into giving him upfront down payments for roof repairs he promised to do. 

After those homeowners gave the money to Scott, he refused further contact and denied issuing refunds, according to officials. Some homeowners even resorted to making homemade road signs alerting unsuspecting neighbors that Scott was a “fraud” and a “thief.” 

He was ultimately released on bond on July 27, 2016. 

On July 31, 2017, more than a year later, the same lead investigator was contacted by a Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney who alerted him to several new victims who gave money to Scott for bogus roof repairs, according to officials.

After speaking with the new victims, all of them identified Scott as the person who they spoke with gave their money to, authorities say.

At this time, police believe that there may be additional victims in this scam. 

If you believe you were possibly scammed by Scott King, please contact the Gwinnett County Police as soon as possible.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number:  17-050250
 

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