How a Woman Lost $79,495 Because She Hired an Unlicensed Contractor

Sadly, this is a true story, reported in the Tampa Bay Times…

Joshua Ryan Green was a service technician, working for a legitimate contractor when he offered to work on the side for an elderly woman so she could avoid his company’s service charges.  The contractor was unaware of Green’s side work, but terminated him the owner discovered Green was using drugs.  Green did not terminate his relationship with the elderly woman.

Over the next 18 months, Green collected $79, 495 in the form of 81 checks.  This was money she needed.  Her 30 year old house is only valued at $94,943.  Green instructed her to make each check out to cash.

He charged another woman $12,762 over nine service calls.  To add insult to injury, she paid a legitimate company $5,000 to fix the problems Green caused.

Green was finally caught and bank video records show him cashing the checks.  While Green is in jail, none of the people he defrauded are likely to recover their money.

Whoever you choose to service your home should be a qualified, trustable individual.

When our technicians come to your home in a Comfort Experts service truck, you can be assured that your service is provided by a licensed and insured contractor.

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http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/spring-hill-man-charged-with-defrauding-women-in-air-conditioning-repair/2148928