CCSO warns of fraudulent business - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

CCSO warns of fraudulent business

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Boonville man lets buyer keep his stolen car

    Boonville man lets buyer keep his stolen car

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:58:17 GMT
    A Boonville resident had his car stolen recently and when he learned where the vehicle ended up, he didn't want it back.
    A Boonville resident had his car stolen recently and when he learned where the vehicle ended up, he didn't want it back.
  • Original victim files suit against OBGYN

    Original victim files suit against OBGYN

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:00:19 GMT
    PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould OB/GYN accused of taking nude photos of some of his patients had his first court appearance Thursday. He was arrested Wednesday night at a Newport hotel. Dr. Paul
    The patient that brought all of this to the forefront has now filed civil suit against the doctor and explained in detail what Becton allegedly did to her during that exam that she said led up to him taking nude photos of her.
  • Fire burns vacant home in SW Jonesboro

    Fire burns vacant home in SW Jonesboro

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:34:25 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A portion of Southwest Drive is closed this morning as crews are work on a house fire. According to Jonesboro dispatch the home is vacant. Southwest Drive has been closed from
    Southwest Drive was closed during the morning rush Friday after crews battled a house fire.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - They're fast talkers and they're looking for fast money. The Craighead County Sheriff's Department is warning of a fraudulent business they believe could be looking for victims in the area.

One Craighead County family paid out thousands of dollars after they were led to believe the company just needed to get rid of leftover asphalt.

It's the kind of fraud case the Craighead County Sheriff's Department says they've dealt with for years and the latest one, like others in the past, usually starts out the same way.

"We were just finishing this job up down the road and so we can offer you a better deal because it's just left over," Investigator Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department explained.

A company offering discounted or free services just to help them out.

The sheriff's department hasn't worked a similar case for awhile but this past week, it cost one Region 8 man nearly $5,000.

The fraud victim did not wish to speak on camera but told Region 8 News that a man, who called himself Jason, stopped by his home while he was outside and asked if he could dump leftover asphalt on his property.

The job they did however, was just a few inches of black chat spread out in the man's driveway.

"The asphalt is not to what we could consider spec," Rolland said.

Then, the crew, who claimed they were with "Asphalt Services" out of Little Rock presented the man with an invoice with no information other than the services performed and the cost: $4,700.

"They basically strong arm these citizens into paying a hefty bill."

They did give the man a business card, with a phone number that Region 8 called, but it went straight to voice mail. The business address on the card shows up as a home in a Little Rock neighborhood.

Rolland warns these guys will be fast talkers.

"They're persistent, they're pressuring," he said. "Once it gets to that point, that's a perfect opportunity for the homeowner to back up."

Rolland said tell them you are suspicious and let them know you're calling police.

"Their reaction from that point on will let the homeowner know if they're a legitimate business or not."

The man who called himself "Jason" had the victim make the check out to a "Jessie Coletti". According to the incident report filed by the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, the vehicle he was driving was a red dump truck with a white bed that looked as if it once had "Davis" spelled out on the side.

If you believe you were recently a victim of this same fraud or have information on the case, call your local law enforcement agency.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.