Police: Man charged in home repair fraud may be part of larger scam

News-DemocratJanuary 17, 2014 

A man who was charged in Madison County with home repair fraud now faces the same charge in St. Clair County and officials think he may be part of a larger group targeting the elderly.

The St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office charged 32-year-old James Boswell, of 3122 Arlington St. in Collinsville, with aggravated home repair fraud.

On Aug. 8, police were called to a home on Harmony Drive in unincorporated Belleville where a victim reported that two men approached the homeowner about refurbishing the driveway. After the job was completed, the victim said the work was substandard and not done properly. The suspects then demanded more money than was initially negotiated. The victim called a family member who requested the Sheriff's Department be notified.

Deputies searched for Boswell but was told he was working in other states. On Thursday, he was located in the custody of Madison County.

In Madison County, James Boswell was charged in connection with defrauding an older resident of nearly $6,000 in connection with roof repairs and driveway resurfacing. He also is accused of soliciting another elderly resident for driveway repairs in Granite City.

Earlier this week, he was charged in Madison County with aggravated home repair fraud, improper display of registration, driving with a revoked license and defective windshield.

The suspect's cousin, 24-year Noah Boswell, of 612 Peacock Circle in Pontoon Beach, was charged with theft over $500 earlier this week in Madison County in connection with home repair fraud.

James Boswell is being held at the Madison County Jail. His bail was set at $130,000 in Madison County and $200,000 in St. Clair County.

Sheriff Richard Watson would like to make the public aware that Boswell has been working in several other states. Watson said it appears Boswell may be working with a large group of individuals who are targeting the elderly.

The sheriff's departments continue to investigate. If you are aware of any similar occurrences, call St. Clair County Investigator Jason Robertson at 618-825-5718.

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