Grant County prosecutors ask for help tracking down alleged construction con artist

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sheriff’s deputies in Grant County are asking for the public’s help tracking down an alleged construction con artist.

The suspect, James Mosley, has two active warrants for his arrest for home repair fraud.

“He was going to clean all these all out,” explains one fraud victim David Barley.

Working out a deal to patch the cracks and seal his driveway, David Barley paid a pretend contractor 200 dollars and even signed a written contract.

Unfortunately, the scam artist took David’s money but never did the work, and David certainly isn’t alone.

“Long story short, he ended up getting me for 400 dollars over a 4 day period,” said fraud victim Jim Johnson.

Investigators say Jim and David are two out of a dozen people that have been ripped off by Mosley.

“He’ll see driveway that needs work done and approaches the homeowner,” explains Grant county sheriff’s detective Kyle Beal.

Det. Beal says the elderly victims in Grant County each lost between 75 dollars all the way to 900 dollars to the scam.

“He’s just taking advantage of the victims.  They’re giving him money and he’s gone,” said Beal.

With all the recent storm damage in central Indiana, similar scam artists could also be out looking for victims.  That’s why law enforcement says a few tips can keep people safe.

First, check to see if the company doing the tree trimming is local and insured and never pay in full up front before the work is done.

“Just be mindful of who’s coming to your door,” said Beal.  “If they come to your door looking for work, they’re probably not a reputable company.”

“I thought I was wiser than that.  Don’t give anybody any money down until it’s legit you know,” said Barley.

“I’m on a fixed income and don’t have 400 dollars to just throw away, so that don’t sit good with me,” said Johnson.

Home improvement fraud is nothing new to the suspect.  Court records show he has been charged three times for the same crime in Grant County alone dating back to 2003.

If you have any information about Mosley, Crime Stoppers asks that you call 765-662-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers pays up to a $1,000 cash reward for information that results in the arrest or indictment of persons who commit felony crimes.