Brothers charged with running roofing scam | Crime
ATLANTA -- It's hard to imagine how anyone could sleep at night after taking advantage of the elderly. But two men arrested by Atlanta police are charged with fraud for stealing more than $115,000 from three victims.
Jeff Ogles and his brother Keith are charged with Financial Exploitation of the Elderly after one of the victim's bank contacted authorities.
Police said the two brothers went door to door carefully selecting victims by their age and vulnerability and convinced them to pay for repairs to their roof.
Margaret Norris, 89, who lives in Morningside told 11 Alive News she knew she had problems with her slate roof and the two men who came to her door were so nice, she couldn't help but trust them.
"They basically took money," she said. "They were going to buy supplies and this and that and the other and I gave them money, I thought they were honest."
Detective Ken Stapler, of the Atlanta Police Department's Major Fraud Unit, said the Ogles brothers were anything but honest. He said they took advantage of a woman who suffers from short term memory loss. "A lot of times the people just don't remember that they paid you three days ago so they write them another check," he said.
Stapler said the work the brothers did was shoddy at best. "They ended up charging her over $40,000 for $1,500 of work that's got to be torn out and redone," he said.
During the investigation police found more victims in the Druid Hills and Emory areas of DeKalb County. One 85-year-old man paid the suspects $72,000. When he began to suspect the brothers and refused to pay them, the Ogles became belligerent and threatened to "go up and rip the work down," Det. Stapler said.
The Ogles were arrested Friday while trying to scam another victim in Druid Hills. They are being held in the DeKalb County Jail on $50,000 bond each.
Police believe there may be additional victims that may have not come forward due to embarrassment or fear of retaliation. Anyone who has had similar dealings with the Ogles is asked to call the Atlanta Police Department's Major Fraud Unit at 404-546-4240.
Margaret Norris said she didn't think much of the Ogles. "And what little bit I do think isn't good," she said.