An 83-year-old Statham man is $5,000 poorer after falling victim to two scam artists.
According to the victim’s daughter, a man by the name of Earl Masters visited her father’s house a few weeks ago to discuss putting a new roof on the home.
The victim said he did not need a new roof and Masters left. The next day, Masters returned and asked if the victim needed help around the house. Masters said he knew a woman, Judy Dillard, who could move in and assist him as needed.
The victim agreed to let the woman move into his home. According to the victim’s daughter, Dillard promised to help around the house if the victim would pay $2,000 so that Dillard could get her teeth fixed.
After only two days in the house, Dillard left after the victim asked her not to smoke inside his home. Before leaving, Dillard demanded that the victim pay her $2,000 as agreed. The victim told Dillard to come back the next day to get her belongings and the check.
The next day, the victim gave Dillard a check for $2,000. He later told his daughter that he was glad Dillard was gone because he “did not like her.”
Two days later, the victim received a call from Masters saying that Dillard would need an additional $3,000 in order to pay for needed dental work. Allegedly, Masters told the victim that if he did not pay, Dillard would file sexual harassment charges against him.
The victim agreed to pay the additional $3,000 after Masters assured him that he owned a private detective agency and would see to it that Dillard did not file any charges.
Masters later came to the victim’s residence and picked up the check for $3,000.
After Masters left, the victim received a phone call from Dillard. Dillard reportedly told the victim that if he did not give her $15,000, she would file sexual harassment charges against him.
At that point, the victim’s daughter contacted authorities.