JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – A Johnson City man has been arrested in connection to a tree cutting service scam after several victims reported their ordeal to police.
The victims, all Johnson City residents, said 38-year-old Dewayne Hoilman solicited for work at their homes. Hoilman allegedly told the victims he was with a tree service company and could cut down and trim trees in their yards.
Hoilman requested payment in advance for the work.
The victims told investigators, Hoilman would tell them he had to leave to rent a piece of equipment, or he that had to go and pick up some more workers and then he return to finish the work. But each time, according to police, he failed to return to do the work he was paid to do.
Monday, officers arrested Hoilman on other related theft and fraud charges.
Once Johnson City police learned of his arrest, Hoilman was also charged with four counts of theft of property under $500. He remains at the Washington County Detention Center on a $4,000.00 bond.
His arraignment was set for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Washington County General Sessions Court.
Investigators urge anyone who believes they were a victim of this or a similar type of fraud and theft, to contact the Johnson City Police Department.
The public is asked to use caution when being solicited for work by anyone who they have not previously hired to help avoid this kind of fraud.