12 OYS: TV repairman arrested on criminal charges of theft by deception


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Jan. 17, 2014

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW)

"He did some work for me back in July and I gave him three months to fix it or return my money and he didn't," said Frank Allen.

He won a judgment against Perry Bower for more than $800 but he still has not seen a dime. Now he is filing criminal charges against the owner of Electric Medic in Evans.

"I think it's terrible the way he's treated other people. I didn't know there were so many," said Allen. A list of allegations from former customers. Just this week the Columbia County Sheriff moved on two of them, and arrested Bower on charges of theft by deception.

News 12 stopped by his shop Friday where televisions and television parts lined the sidewalk outside. During our investigation last August, we heard from other customers like Claudia Graham and Brian Herring. Both said Bower collected deposits, but never completed the work. "He told me he didn't know where my television was," said Graham.

Bower handed over Graham's television to us and eventually returned her deposit.

Documents obtained by News 12 show since last November a total of five customers have filed criminal charges against Bower. He is also $4,500 behind in rent on the property and the Better Business Bureau says the business has an F rating.

Meanwhile Allen says he does not expect to ever recoup his $800. He hopes filing criminal charges will put Bower out of business for good. "The main thing is if we can just stop him from treating other people the same way," said Allen.

We tried to reach Bower by phone but the number is disconnected. Meanwhile in another court document we obtained, Bower said he is in very poor health and working by himself and is going through a rough time.

In a prepared statement the BBB said:

The Better Business Bureau is baffled by what has taken place with Electric Medic. They were accredited with the BBB from 2007-2012. They maintained a positive rating up to that point and made efforts to address and resolve complaints presented to them. In May of 2013 the Company chose not to reapply for BBB accreditation. Beginning July 18, 2013 the business began failing to either respond or resolve their complaints. The BBB has received 12 complaints since July. This has resulted in the present F rating from the BBB.

The BBB was also made aware that the business continues to post the BBB logo outside the store. The BBB sent a Logo Violation Letter to the business in November 2013. The business did not respond to the Bureau. We are presently seeking the advise of the authorities to assist us in removal of the logo seal.

Consumers need to be aware that expired logos can sometimes exist, misleading consumers to trust that a business is presently accredited by the BBB. Consumers can check with their local BBB office to determine the validity of a business's accreditation with the Better Business Bureau.

For more information contact Gigi Turner at the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Georgia & The CSRA at 706-210-7676


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