Men arrested for scamming seniors

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police say two men are targeting seniors for a quick buck in south Louisville, and they are worried there could be more victims out there. WAVE 3 learned this isn't the first time one of the suspects has been in trouble with the law for something like this.

35-year-old Joseph Sallee and 54-year-old Patrick Gorman are facing two counts of knowing exploitation of an adult of more than $300, theft, and theft by deception.

"They are some con men," said LMPD Det. John Fogle. "Basically they are some local gypsies that operate in the Meade County and Jefferson County and surrounding areas."

The men told their victims they worked with T.C. Home Improvements and gave clients their business cards, when in fact police say it is not a legitimate business at all.

"One victim suffered a loss of $1500 to have an awning replaced on her daughter's mobile home," said Fogle. "The gentleman took the money which was roughly $1500 and she never heard form them again."

An 80-year-old victim talked to WAVE 3 and said she was very down on herself for falling for the scam.

According to a police report, they are charged with theft of $2,500 in that case. The victim tells WAVE 3 they cleaned the gutters, then told her she had a problem with the roof, but "fixing it" has caused her more damage and money.

"Mr. Gorman in particular has a violent history, and he's very, he uses the strong arm tactics where he intimidates the victim," said Fogle. "Both of these victims tried to back out of the agreement to pay them, but he basically scared them to the point where they felt they had to pay him to get rid of him."

Court records show that Gorman has been arrested for knowingly exploiting an adult and theft before.

Sallee was arrested in Meade County, and police say they think there may be victims all over the area. If you are one or know someone who may be they ask you call the Anonymous Crime Tip Line at (502) 574-LMPD.