SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Before he was arrested and transferred to the Sabine Parish Jail in Louisiana, a 72-year-old Sabine County man was arrested here in Texas on a second-degree felony theft charge for allegedly accepting more than $100,000 and deposits for a job and never doing the work.
George Washington King Jr., of Hemphill, was booked into the Sabine Parish Jail on charges of contractor fraud and misapplication of payments earlier this month. Chief Deputy George Griffith with the Sabine County Sheriff's Office said when he talked to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office, he learned that King has posted bail and has been released from jail.
According to Sabine County jail records, King was booked into the jail on Feb. 6, and he was released on Feb. 8 after he posted a bail amount of $10,000.
However, deputies from the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office picked King up on outstanding warrants from later that day and transferred him to Louisiana, Griffith said.
Griffith said King acted as a representative of a company called Diversified Services and stole more than $100,000 from one victim by contracting for work that he never did in the summer of 2015.
People have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to King, who was acting as a representative of Diversified Services, to build seawalls, piers and boat docks, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office.
King reportedly signed contracts with the individuals and took 50 percent of the projects' costs as deposits in order to start the work, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office.
Property owners have told authorities that King never started the jobs, no work was performed and, in fact, no materials ever were delivered to the jobs sites.
Griffith said that people who think they may have been victimized by King can call the Sabine County Sheriff's Office at (409) 787-2266.