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Two southwest suburban men have been charged with aggravated home repair fraud after allegedly scamming a Burbank woman in May.
According to the Burbank police, Peter Miller, 26, of Bridgeview and Pete Miller, 51, of Worth approached the victim on May 29th and struck up a conversation. The offenders began pointing out repairs that needed to be done to the house and told the woman that her deceased husband had hired them to do jobs in the past; which wasn’t true.
Feeling uneasy, the woman reluctantly agreed to the service, at which time the Millers began giving the appearance of completing the agreed upon work. The victim then wrote a check for approximately $2000 to the offenders.
A third unidentified subject, went to the victim’s bank and tried cashing the check. Recognizing the woman’s name on the check, an alert bank employee telephoned her to verify the transaction. When the victim said she felt like she had been “scammed,” the bank employee called police.
Based on information from the bank employee and through subsequent investigation, Burbank police were able to identify the men. Peter Miller was arrested Aug. 14; Pete Miller was arrested Sept. 4.
According to Burbank Police Division Chief Mike Dudlo these types of scams are occurring more often.
“The offenders usually prey upon the elderly and strike up conversations by posing as contractors doing work in the area by wearing construction vests or utility uniforms and usually driving a pickup or van,” Dudlo said. “The offenders also pose as former contractors or even as ‘new neighbors.”
The Burbank Police offer the following tips to avoid falling victim to these kinds of fraudulent schemes:
Dudlo said, “The victim in this incident was lucky. She is not out the money but all too often, that is not the case.”
Peter Miller Credit: Burbank Police Department
Pete Miller Credit: Burbank Police Department