A man who scammed Gwinnett County homeowners by claiming to be a roof repairman has pleaded guilty to two theft charges, Gwinnett County documents show.
Richard Scott King had been charged with eight counts of theft by deception, two counts of exploiting a disabled or elderly person and one count of deposit account fraud, jail records show.
He entered his guilty plea to two theft by deception charges on Aug. 30 and was sentenced to two 10-year probation terms, to be served concurrently. That means they will be served at the same time, so he will be on probation for 10 years, not 20.
King had told victims that he was a roof repairman and asked for payment up front, according to Gwinnett County police. Once King got the money, he would not answer victims’ calls or finish the job, police said in August 2017, when he was arrested.
King’s victims put signs in their neighborhood warning “Scott King equals roof fraud,” a photo shows.
King pulled those frauds while out on bond for a similar scheme, according to police. He was arrested first on July 5, 2016 and released on $23,239 bond three weeks later. He was arrested again on Aug. 12, 2017 and was held without bond, staying in the Gwinnett County Detention Center for more than a year.
While he has pleaded guilty and been sentenced, he is still listed as in the jail’s custody. He has pending charges in Hall and Jackson counties, according to jail records.
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