Two charged in fraud of same Glen Carbon homeowner

News-DemocratJanuary 16, 2014 

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Two Madison County men were charged in connection with defrauding an older resident of nearly $6,000 in home repair fraud.

On Dec. 17, a Glen Carbon man reported to Madison County Sheriff's deputies that he had written a $1,500 check Dec. 10 to two men for roof repair. But the next day the men returned, claiming the check did not cash and demanding cash. The man later discovered that the check had been cashed.

Two days later, police said, the man reported that a man with two workers had offered to resurface his driveway for $1.75 per square foot. They covered his driveway with a mortar or cement compound, then accompanied him to the bank, where he withdrew $4,300 and paid a subject in cash.

Police said an inspection of the work revealed he once again had been the target of fraud.

Police arrested James Boswell, 32, of 3122 Arlington St. in Collinsville, Wednesday when he was allegedly soliciting another elderly resident for driveway repairs in Granite City. He was charged with aggravated home repair fraud, improper display of registration, driving with a revoked license and defective windshield. He is being held at the Madison County Jail. His bail was set at $130,000.

His cousin, Noah Boswell, 24, of 612 Peacock Circle in Pontoon Beach, had been arrested Dec. 17 and charged with theft over $500 relating to the roof repair.

Anyone with information relating to the incidents or who believes they were victims of home repair fraud is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff's Department at 618-692-0871 or the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

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