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Warrants pending on scam artists

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Tony L. Joles

Tony L. Joles

Two scam artists who particularly prey on the elderly are being sought by law enforcement agencies area wide.

Joyce McConnell, an investigator with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, explained that although there haven’t been any reports of the duo in Lincoln County to date, the two allegedly scammed an elderly woman in Moore County recently, bilking her out of $1,700 for trimming a couple of branches off a tree they claimed was infested with termites.

This father-son team has been identified in scam incidents reported in the Lawrenceburg and Athens, Ala., area since 2006. They pose as handymen and knock on the doors of unsuspecting homeowners, offering their services for painting, sealing driveways, cleaning gutters, odd jobs at homes, as well as tree trimming.

Tony Newton Joles

Tony Newton Joles

They reportedly ask for payment up front, then do very little work, if any, said McConnell.

In 2009, the address for the father, Tony L. Joles, 50, was 12267 Lawngate Road, Athens, Ala. His son, Tony Newton Joles, 21, was listed as living at the same address.

The elder Joles was indicted in March 2007 on charges of theft over $1,000.

Anyone who knows of their whereabouts or has had the men approach them about jobs around the home should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department at (931) 433-9821.