Additional charges were filed Wednesday, March 31st against a self-employed HVAC repairman after more customers came forward saying they had been defrauded.
Gregory Lee Hines, 52, of Strickland’s Crossroads Road, Four Oaks is now accused of scamming four customers out of their money for work the customers paid for but Hines never performed. Hines is facing four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, Hines was charged with defrauding an 83 year-old South Smithfield resident. On November 12, 2019 the elderly victim said she paid Hines $2,700 for repairs to her heating and air system. Hines cashed the check that same day but never returned to perform the repairs, authorities said. In the second new case, a 44 year-old Princeton man reportedly paid Hines $1,000 in May 2020 to replace some ductwork and HVAC parts. Hines only did a portion of the work. The victim said he called Hines about the unfinished work but he never returned to complete the job.
On March 28th, Hines was charged with scamming a 44 year-old Clayton resident out of $8,000 she paid in June 2020 to replace two HVAC units. Hines cashed the check but never returned to install the units.
On February 9th, Hines was charged with scamming $1,550 from an 82 year-old Four Oaks woman after she paid $1,550 in November 2020 for repair work he allegedly never made. In all four cases, the victims paid Hines up front for the work.
Hines was held Wednesday on a $40,000 secured bond. As of this afternoon (Thursday), Hines was still in the Johnston County Jail.