Wednesday, April 17, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A man is behind bars in Augusta after allegedly posing as a Georgia Power employee and scamming multiple customers.
Several anonymous complaints came in through the Richmond County Sheriff's Office tip line identifying Lorenzo Curry, known as ZO, who they say represented himself as a Georgia Power employee. The complainants say Curry told them he could get their electricity turned on for a cash fee.
An investigator acting as a victim got in touch with Curry. After giving Curry a fake Georgia Power account number, the investigator says Curry said to meet and bring $125 in cash.
The investigator met up with Curry, which is when the investigator paid Curry and was given a confirmation code to call and give to Georgia Power in an hour to confirm electric had been reconnected.
After calling the company with the confirmation code, the investigator says it was found to be false.
Georgia Power says Curry has never been an employee and that payments are handled at a business location or over the phone.
Curry was taken into custody and is facing one count of criminal attempt theft by deception. He was also served with an outstanding felony probation violation warrant.