Reports of contractor fraud impact storm victims

Dodd says there have not been many fraud cases documented after the storms, but to still know the possibilities./ Photo by Sophie Keyes

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Department is investigating cases of contractor fraud after the January storms.

The storms left locals with large amounts of damage to their homes, and now, some are left with no money.

Captain Craig Dodd says homeowners should never pay a contractor before the work is done. Paying upfront could potentially be a sign of fraud.

Dodd says it is important to make sure you are satisfied with the work done before spending any money. Hiring a contractor through an insurance company is also a way to stay protected from fraud.

“Any contractor that you deal with needs to have licensing in Dougherty County. Even if it’s an out of state person they have to have temporary licensing in Dougherty County. You need to make sure that you get the placard off their vehicle. It doesn’t hurt to take a picture of the vehicle or take a picture of their license plate,” Dodd said.

Having this information will make it easier to identify the individual committing fraud.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud after the January storms, contact Albany Code Enforcement or the Sheriff's Department for further investigation.

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