LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has located a suspected serial scam artist who investigators say targets storm victims and others needing home repairs.
Lee Co. Sheriff Jay Jones tells WRBL News 3, 38-year-old Amber McCrory was captured in Cullman, Alabama when investigators received a tip late Tuesday afternoon after investigators asked the public for help locating her. McCrory will be brought back to Lee County to face charges of defrauding a tornado victim and others.
Twenty-three people died when tornadoes touched down in Lee County on March 3. Hundreds more suffered injuries and extensive property damage during the catastrophic storms. Many are still in the process of rebuilding their lives.
Investigators say at least one Lee county storm victim whose home was damaged in the storm was preyed upon by McCrory. Now, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has warrants out for McCrory’s arrest for scams she allegedly ran back in August and September.
“She has a business called Above Board Roofing and Restoration. One of our victims was actually a tornado victim. Amber Nicole McCrory required her to put down a $3,700.00 deposit to complete work that was damaged by the tornado to no avail. McCrory never showed up and never completed any work,” said Captain Jimmy Taylor.
Investigators say McCrory scammed another Lee County homeowner out of $3,500. McCrory is now wanted on two counts of First Degree Theft by Deception; other charges are pending.
Investigators say they had exhausted their resources trying to locate McCrory in Lee County and turned to the public for their help in finding her. Tuesday they got the info they needed and McCrory was arrested in Cullman.
“Amber Nicole McCrory has been arrested in multiple jurisdictions including North Carolina and other jurisdictions in Alabama for pretty much the same type of Fraud,” shared Captain Taylor.
McCrory was arrested in 2018 in Etowah County, Alabama on various Home Repair Fraud and Theft By Deception charges. Investigators there alleged McCrory took advantage of storm victims after an EF-3 tornado hit their community.
“She goes to people’s houses and gives them an estimate on work to be done on roofing, siding, or whatever, and she requires a deposit from them. They, in turn, give her a deposit for so much money, and she cashes the check and never comes back to do any of the work,” said Captain Taylor.
Sheriff Jones says taking advantage of a victim who has already suffered so much loss during a natural disaster is troubling.
“When you have someone who has suffered as a result of a tragic situation, it takes it to a whole new level. We want to do what we can to make sure these people see justice, ” said Sheriff Jones.
If you believe you have fallen victim to one of McCrory’s alleged scams, you are urged to call your local law enforcement agency or the Lee County Sheriff’s Department at 334-749-5651.