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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office: Fake contractor takes $8,700 from elderly couple

12:42 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man posing as a contractor is charged with Exploitation of the Elderly after allegedly taking more than $8,700 from a victim without completing any work.

John Picot Evans, 38, was arrested Sept. 4 and also charged with Grand Theft and False Representation as a Licensed Contractor, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Evans gave an elderly couple an estimate on February 13 of $12,893 to repair their foundation and install a new metal roof. He had them sign a contract which said "licensed, bonded and insured" on top and asked for $6,446.50 up front.

According to the report, the couple did not see Evans again until March 17, when he showed up with another person and said he would need $2,323 to pay for labor costs.

After that, Evans did not show up at the victims' house until June. He asked for more money for supplies and the victims refused, according to the report.

Evans had presented a business card to the victims from "Tuff Koat Roofing & Painting Services." Owner Troy Brannan told police that Evans worked for his company from February to April 2013, but as a salesperson not a contractor.

Evans was released from jail on Friday on a total bond of $45,009, according to JSO Inmate Search records.

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