One sought, one arrested in home-repair scam


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Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 11:24 pm
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By Anthony Watt awatt@qconline.com
One of two men believed to have participated in a home-repair scam in the Quad-Cities remains at large.

Arrest warrants were issued in September for Scott M. Miller, 52, and Patrick R. Miller, 30, both of Lincoln, Neb., according to the East Moline Police Department. The two have been charged with aggravated home repair fraud, and the warrants are extraditable nationwide.

Scott Miller turned himself in on Oct. 9 at the Rock Island County Jail, Lt. Gault said.He was free on $60,000 bond, according to county court records. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Patrick Miller was still at large as of Friday morning, East Moline Police Department Lt. Darren Gault said.

In late August, authorities warned Quad-Cities residents of the scam, believed to have circulated in at least East Moline, Moline and Rock Island, possibly under the name "Above the Rest Tree Service."

The scam involved at least two men soliciting door-to-door, offering small-scale home repairs such as painting, caulking and work on the victim's trees, according to East Moline police. The initial estimate was low -- possibly under $100 -- but once the men finished the work, they attempted to charge thousands of dollars.

They were described as white men, one in his 50s or 60s and one possibly in his 30s, police said. Both had a thin build. They were using a truck police described as a "an older model, white boom truck" with Minnesota license plates.

Anyone who believes they have been victimized by the men or who may have information about Patrick Miller is asked to call their local police department or the Quad-Cities chapter of Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500.

















 



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