NEW INFO: Scam Suspects Arrested Again

Two of the three men arrested Thursday in connection with a home repair scam in Washington now face additional charged in Beaufort County.

Edward Champ, Jr. and his son-in-law Anthony Champ where arrested Friday by Beaufort County deputies--a day they got out of jail on similar charges in Washington.

Deputies say the two showed up at a home on Highway 17 North Friday where they had been the day before trying to spray for mold. The homeowner told deputies one of the men was wearing a badge and threatened to issue her a ticket if she didn't allow him to spray.

The two were charged Friday with attempted obtaining property by false pretense.

Washington police arrested the two Thursday, along with the elder Champ's son for a similar scheme.

Washington police say they responded to the Macswoods area after a man claiming to be a fireman was performing home inspections for mold. That man convinced the owner to come inside and tried to get money for tests done inside the house.

Police say it appears the scammers were targeting elderly and single victims.

Anthony and Edward Champ were jailed on $40,000 secured bonds on the latest charges.


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Three people are under arrest, accused in a home repair scam that involved someone posing as a fireman. Washington police say it was a family affair, with three members of the same family charged in scheme.

Edward Camp, Jr. of Roper is accused of felony obtaining property by false pretenses, attempting to obtain property by false pretenses, and felony conspiracy, while Anthony Champ of Romney, West Virginia, and Danny Champ of Roper have been charged with felony attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and felony conspiracy. Police say Edward Champ is Danny's father, while Anthony Champ is the son-in-law. They say Anthony Champ took his wife's last name.

Thursday police say they responded to the Macswoods area after a man claiming to be a fireman was performing home inspections for mold. That man convinced the owner to come inside and tried to get money for tests done inside the house.

Police say it appears the scammers were targeting elderly and single victims. The trio were operating a red Dodge pickup with temporary Virginia tags and an aluminum ladder rack and tools in the back. They say one of the men bilked a Washington resident out of thousands of dollars before friends contacted authorities.

Police say they believe there are other victims and their investigation is ongoing. The three men all have posted bond and released from jail.


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