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Homeowner Skipping the Country Owing $20,000

The following information was supplied by the Milton police department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Roswell roofing company's owner said he is owed more than $20,000 for work on a Winterfield Way home, but the homeowner told him he's leaving the country.

The new roof was installed on March 30. When the roofing company owner tried to collect the payment on April 26, he said the homeowner told him he would be leaving the country for Iran on April 27 and doesn't know when he's returning.

Collection Agency Mysteriously Cuts Debt by $1,000

A Morris Road woman got police involved when a debt collection agency called on April 24 and told her she owed $1,700 because she never paid for ATT's U-Verse services. The woman had an easy answer to that: She's never had U-Verse service.

When the man from the collection agency asked for her Social Security number for verification, she hung up on him. She called back and spoke to a woman named "Ann" next, and was told the account was opened at a Roswell address from July to October 2011. The victim has never lived at that address.

Once the Milton officer arrived at her home, she called the collection agency again, and this time the manager said she only owed $176.24. No explanation was given for the $1,000 drop in what the collection agency told her was owed.

The collection agency manager promised to send her a fraud packet to fill out.

Milton Residents Catch Credit Card Fraud Quickly

A Milton woman caught three small fraudulent purchases using her credit card information and canceled the card with her bank.

The Water Oak Place resident reported to Milton police on April 23 that the transactions took place at convenience stores in Jonesboro.

On April 27 another Milton resident told police her credit card was stolen, and was used for a single fraudulent purchase before she had it canceled by her credit union.

The credit union requires a police report to get a refund on the fraudulent purchase.

For questions about this blotter, email Bob Pepalis.

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