Iowa police have arrested a man and accused him of scamming an elderly homeowner out of more than $300,000, as reported by Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Authorities say it all started in March 2016, when Scott A. Geary, 51, and an unnamed co-defendant offered to do tree-trimming for the elderly homeowner, who remains unidentified but whose gender has been announced to be female.
After they were done trimming the trees, authorities allege, the duo began making up irregularities in the home that they could “fix,” including building a basement.
Geary and the other defendant did not obtain the required building permits, and a building inspector found the work did not meet code requirements, the criminal complaint states.
The 51-year-old and his unnamed partner allegedly bilked $366,000 from their elderly victim, investigators note. They are alleged to have consistently taken checks from the homeowner and cashing them, while failing to finish the lengthy list of repairs. The house’s assessed value is just over $250,000, according to Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Geary and the other defendant “convinced the victim that a lawsuit could be filed against the home’s builder to recoup money that the victim was paying for the ‘repairs’ being done,” the criminal complaint states.
According to The Gazette, Geary has been charged with first-degree theft, a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Friday and is currently being held on a $10,000 bond. Police have not indicated what charges the unnamed co-defendant faces.
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