Additional charges have been filed against a self-employed HVAC repairman after more customers have come forward week saying they had been scammed.
Gregory Lee Hines, 52, of Strickland’s Crossroads Road, Four Oaks has been in the news for the past two months after first being charged February 9th with defrauding an 82 year-old woman out of $1,550 she paid up front for HVAC repairs at her Four Oaks area home.
Since then additional victims have come forward alleging Hines accepted prepayment for parts and HVAC units but he never returned to complete the work. The amounts range from $1,000 to $8,000.
Altogether, Hines is accused of defrauding eight customers. He faces seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of failure to work after being paid.
In some of the latest incidents, a 59 year-old Clayton man reported Mr. Hines went to his home on February 23, 2021 for a service call and was prepaid $3,140 to buy parts and return. Hines reportedly took the money but failed to return to make the repairs.
In another newly reported case, an 87 year-old widow reported Hines went to her Four Oaks home on February 19, 2021 and was given a $3,000 down payment towards a new HVAC system. Hines reportedly never returned with the system.
Hines, who initially posted bail after his first two arrests, is currently in the Johnston County Jail on a new bond of $75,000.
Anyone who may be a victim is encouraged to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office or their nearest law enforcement agency.