Arrest Made In Elderly Home Improvement Fraud

John Perkinson, 31, In Police Custody

A man accused of scamming elderly Hoosiers in a home improvement fraud scheme has been arrested.

John Perkinson, 31, was arrested Sunday on charges of home improvement fraud and criminal mischief.

Detectives said they received several complaints from elderly women who claimed Perkinson conned his way into selling them roof repair services, without making any repairs.

According to police reports, Perkinson told the women he spotted raccoons on their roof and inside the vents, and that they typically chew on electrical wires, which could eventually cause a fire.

Perkinson then allegedly told the women he needed to do an inspection, but instead of an inspection, he reportedly damaged the vents and roof shingles. He then entered into a written or verbal contract with the homeowner to perform the repairs and collected money from the women, but never returned to the home to make the repairs, police said.

Perkinson is being held in the Marion County Jail on $7,500 bond.



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