Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Monday, charging him in three cases of operating a home repair scam.
Joseph Lee Griner, of Buttermilk Road in Sylvania, is held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail on charges (three counts each) of felony theft by conversion, elder abuse or exploitation, and conversion of payments for real property improvement, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.
Griner, 33, reportedly “contracted with” at least three residents in Bulloch County to perform home repairs, Hutchens said. Griner spoke with the victims, each over age 65, about contracting to do the work, outlining work he claimed needed to be done and presenting them with prices including labor and material costs.
Griner allegedly took the money “up front” for the repairs but never returned to perform the work and did not produce any materials for the repairs and improvements, he said.
The victims reported the incidents, and Bulloch County sheriff’s investigators, including Investigator Prethenia Cone, began gathering evidence that led to Griner’s arrest.
The case remains under investigation, with further charges possible. Hutchens asks anyone who may have been a victim of such a scam involving Griner, or anyone else who took money and did not perform repair work, to contact Cone at the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-8888.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.