A self-employed HVAC repairman has been arrested after he allegedly defrauded an elderly woman out of $1,550. Gregory Lee Hines, 52, of Strickland’s Crossroads Road, Four Oaks was arrested Feb. 9th by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant for obtaining property by false pretense.
In November 2020, Hines allegedly went to the home of an 82 year-old Four Oaks woman to work on her HVAC unit. Hines reportedly told the victim he needed $300 to buy the parts. Later, he allegedly convinced the homeowner she needed to have the duct work replaced and was prepaid an additional $1,250.
Authorities said the victim tried repeatedly to contact Hines to see when he would return to perform the work but he never returned her calls. On February 1st, 2021 the victim filed a report with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. After his Feb. 9th arrest, Hines was given a $5,000 secured bond.