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Police: Multi-state roofing scammer behind bars

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM

A man who has allegedly left a trail of theft and fraud from Ohio to Florida — and back — is behind bars at the Erie County jail.

Erie County Sheriff's investigators say former roofing contractor Gregory R. Haddox, 38, who most recently went by the name Eric Turner, has been booked on five counts of identify fraud, one count of forgery and one count of possessing criminal tools.

Haddox moved to the area about eight months ago, after fleeing from Palm Beach County, Fla., where, according to the Palm Beach Post, he faced a "litany of lawsuits alleging shoddy work and failure to pay subcontractors" in addition to felony charges for writing bad checks.

Haddox took up residence in the 4200 block of Miller Road and gained employment at a local roofing company under the false name of Eric Turner.

The roofing company then discovered files on Haddox's work computer indicating that he was working under an alias. The company immediately alerted authorities.

A warrant for Haddox was also issued out of Akron — where he lived before moving to Florida — in October 2009 for theft charges, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Erie County Sheriff's detectives are asking any residents in the area who have had dealings with Haddox under his alias Eric Turner to call 419-627-7553.

For more on this developing story, pick up Friday's Register or check out the e-paper.

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