Two men have been charged with various crimes after authorities say they defrauded an elderly Glen Carbon man of more than $7,000 between December 10, 2013 and December 19, 2013. Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz says that the men contacted the unidentified victim several times during that nine day period, claiming the victim’s house and driveway were in need of repairs. After paying the men approximately $7,300 for repairs, the victim contacted police, fearing he may have been a victim of home repair fraud.
Sheriff Hertz says it’s unfortunate that these types of crimes are committed.
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32-year old James C. Boswell of the 3120 block of Arlington Street in Collinsville has been charged with aggravated home repair fraud, a felony offense. He is accused of collecting $4,300 for repairs that were not done properly. Boswell was taken into custody on January 15, 2014 in Granite City and was also issued citations for improper display of registration, driving while license revoked and defective windshield. He is being held on a $130,000 bond.
Also charged in the case is his cousin, 24-year old Noah Boswell of the 610 block of Peacock Circle in Pontoon Beach. He has been charged with theft over $500 for allegedly collecting $3,000 from the victim for services that were not rendered properly.
If you believe you may have fallen victim to home repair fraud by James Boswell you are encouraged to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 692-4433.