HVAC Repairman Charged With Defrauding Second Customer

A self-employed HVAC repairman arrested in February for allegedly defrauding an elderly customer has now been charged with scamming a second customer.

Gregory Lee Hines, 52, of Strickland’s Crossroads Road, Four Oaks was arrested March 28th by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on a felony obtaining property by false pretense warrant. Deputies said Hines was hired in June 2020 to install two heating and air units at the home of a 44 year-old Clayton woman. The homeowner reportedly paid Hines $8,000 up front for the work.  He cashed the check but never returned to install the units, authorities said.  

On February 9, 2021, Hines was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses after sheriff’s investigators said he was paid $1,550 in November 2020 to perform work at the home of an 82 year-old Four Oaks woman.  The victim said Hines never returned to do the work and never returned her repeated phone calls. 

Hines was released on a $5,000 bond after his February 9th arrest. On March 28th, Hines was briefly held on $10,000 bail until it was posted by a bondsman.          

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3 COMMENTS

  1. He needs to be held in jail for more bond then he was given. The judge must have been a friend of his. People like this must serve a long jail term.

  2. People really need to stop paying up front for work, in any amount. If an HVAC company or individual cannot begin or complete work without prepayment, they should not be doing the work.

  3. Name: GREGORY LEE HINES
    Sex: M
    Age: 52
    Height: 602
    Weight: 0
    From: FOUR OAKS
    Arrest Date: 2021-03-31
    Arrested By: JCSO
    Charges: OBTAIN PROPERTY FALSE PRETENSE

    Arrested again yesterday, the 31st.

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