NASHVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities are warning citizens to be cautious after a 91-year-old Nash County woman was bilked out of thousands of dollars in a home repair scam.
The victim said Jim Bullock was supposed to make repairs to vents. And it just grew and started involving more people.
In all, six people were arrested and charged with exploiting a disabled or elderly person’s trust. Authorities are still searching for an additional suspect.
Deputies said the victim lost $13,000 to the suspects who investigators said claimed to be doing plumbing work under this house.
“They were supposed to be doing plumbing work and fix the leak put new vents and seal them,” said detective B. Jenkins.
That work was never performed.
“We had a Nash County Building Inspections do a courtesy inspection and his findings were none of the work that was supposed to have been done was done. They were just getting checks all along for two month period,” said Jenkins.
Arrest warrants for Travis Tyndall show from April to June the victim gave him checks worth hundreds of dollars at a time for work that was never performed.
Advocates for the elderly said these scams are a growing problem.
“My seniors here have been target by various scams and schemes ranging from telemarketers to computers, to showing up at their house wanting to do home improvements,” said Michele McKnight with Nash County Senior Center.
McKnight said because of that, they offer frequent scam safety seminars for seniors.
“We offer safety seminars at the center. “We have reps from law enforcement come just to educate what the scams are,” McKnight said. “They are ever-changing. They are very creative when it comes to taking your money.”
The victim in this case told CBS North Carolina she didn’t want to speak on camera about the situation but did say she wished she’d been smarter about dealing with those who offered to do the repairs.
Other seniors in Nashville said there’s no shame in asking for help.
“We’re all seniors and we can be taken by anyone. If you’re that age and taking care of your own business you need someone to help you get advice,” said Mary Bulluck.
The victim said she was able to stop payment on three checks but a large portion of the money is now gone.
She’s hoping to recover some of that as the cases work their way through the court system.
Deputies are still looking for one suspect in relation to the scam in Nashville.
Johnny Ray Rogers Jr., 32, last known address of 13657 U.S. Highway 64 Alternate in Rocky Mounty, is still wanted for a exploit disabled/elder trust charge.
The other suspects charged with exploit disabled/elder trust and in custody are:
- Travis Kevin Tyndall, 31, of Sharpsburg is being held under $150,000 secured bond.
- David Michael Millette, 43, of Rocky Mount is being held under $50,000 secured bond.
- Jennifer Ellen Thorpe, 28, of Tarboro was released with a written promise to appear.
- Richard Jamerson Davis, 32, of Rocky Mount is being held under $3,000 secured bond.
- Jim Henry Bullock Jr., 41, of Rocky Mount is being held under $30,000 secured bond.
- Adam Keith Peele, 31, of Rocky Mount is being held under $30,000 secured bond.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnny Ray Rogers is asked to contact the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 252-459-1510.