Deputies catch man wanted for roofing repair scam

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff's Office arrested a man they said is a serial con-artist that scammed multiple victims.

SCSO said Donald Fowler has conned money from two homeowners, but deputies warn there could be more victims.

"We believe there are other victims out there," SCSO Captain Chris Harris said.

Harris said they obtained two theft of property arrest warrants against Fowler on Thursday because of the two separate cases.

Harris said investigators believe they have identified three other people who got scammed.

"His sales pitch is that he helps these victims work with insurance companies to get the insurance money to pay for the roofs," Harris said.

He said Fowler would have people sign over their insurance check and, in one case, took someone's personal money. But, he never followed through on the work.

Fowler's business profile on the Better Business Bureau website had an A rating Wednesday morning with one good review and one bad. It also had a formal complaint.

By Wednesday afternoon, the website revealed the profile was being updated and didn't have a rating.

Harris warns homeowners to never pay anyone in full until they actually do the work on your home.

"Any reputable builder or roofer is going to not accept pay until the job is complete," Harris said.

Fowler was captured late Wednesday night.

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