A Good Deed on Good Friday


Sergeant Paul Ferrell received a call from an elderly Okeechobee woman regarding an individual who defrauded her out of $11,000 to cut down an Oak tree in her backyard. The 92 year old woman stated that the individual offered to cut down the oak tree and remove debris along with grinding the tree stump. The woman paid the individual but the work was never completed!

The individual returned to her home to cut down the large oak tree but then never returned to clean up the mess! During the cutting down of the tree, the individual also broke the cable line from the house and the homeowner had to pay to have it rewired.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Officers along with other volunteers, donated their day off on "Good Friday" to helping this elderly woman who was a victim of a scam. Waste Management/Okeechobee Landfill Inc. donated a 20 yard container and disposal fees to help with the volunteer efforts.

"This type of scam is common to elderly folks, said Sgt. Ferrell. Everyone needs to be aware of individuals who knock on your door to say they "noticed a problem with your roof, trees, etc."

If you suspect a possible scam, please do not hesitate to call the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department at 863-763-3117.