Niagara Gazette

Crime

June 11, 2009

CRIME: Con artist arrested in North Tonawanda

Falls and NT residents fell victim to home repair scam

North Tonawanda police are investigating a scam artist who managed to swindle an unknown number of people out of money for home repairs when he didn’t do the work.

Ricke Greenier, 35, was arrested Thursday and charged with felony scheming to defraud, two misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and a city ordinance violation for unlicensed contracting.

Police say Greenier victimized at least five people — and several more are suspected — by offering estimates on home repairs, taking cash and never returning to do the work.

Detective Lt. Thomas Krantz, who is heading the investigation, said Greenier probably didn’t use his actual last name, but would have called himself “Ricky” to those he cheated. He used a fake business name of QCG General Contracting, with an address of 1496 McKoon Ave., Niagara Falls.

Krantz said Greenier seems to have met victims through other people, not through cold calls or solicitations.

“Everybody we’ve talked to (said) he just sweet-talked his way in,” Krantz said.

At least one victim was from Niagara Falls, in addition to the five who have contacted police in North Tonawanda.

Greenier also faces a petit larceny charge in Niagara Falls and has multiple warrants from the Oswego area, Krantz said.



CONTACT POLICE

Any potential victims of a recent home improvement scam are asked to NT Detective Lt. Thomas Krantz at 692-4312.

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