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Woman arrested for allegedly defrauding Etowah County storm victims

SOUTHSIDE, Ala. (WIAT) -- According to investigators in Southside, a woman is accused of taking advantage of storm victims following a March tornado.

Amber Nicole McCrory is charged with two counts of theft by deception and two counts of home repair fraud, according to Southside Police.

Police said McCrory came from Opelika advertising home repair. An investigation began after a complaint. 

CBS 42 spoke to Alexa Casey who said she problems with McCrory and her company, Cam Contracting in Opelika.

Casey's roof and fence were damaged in the storm.

"We met with them, contract, picked out shingles, went over what was going to happen, money details, and they asked for a third down for materials which I thought was pretty reasonable." said Casey.

Instead, Casey said McCrory left her backyard a mess and did not completely remove a tree. When Casey tried to get her money back, she said communication stopped.

Casey isn't the only person who called police about McCrory.

"She had actually, physically come to one of the residents and took the check personally herself, did not complete any of the work," said Sgt. Jay Freeman with SPD.

Freeman believes McCrory took advantage of neighbors like Casey.

"We all put our heart and soul into this community and to see somebody come up and take advantage of our citizens is very disheartening," said Freeman.

According to Freeman, it is possible there are more victims.

"It's one thing to prey on people, but I think it's a whole other level of inhumane to prey on people in a devastating time," said Casey.

Casey hopes anyone else who worked with McCrory will report any trouble. She's sharing lessons learned from her case.

"A Google search isn't all. You need to look up license. You need to call the Alabama Home Builder's Board, look for a contractor license if it is over $50,000, and look for an Alabama Home Builder's license if it's over $10,000 which was, in our case, what Mrs. McCrory lacked.

McCrory posted a $12,000 bond after her arrest. CBS 42 was unable to reach her at any of her listed numbers.

Her attorney also did not respond to a request for comment. If you think you were a victim, call Southside Police. 


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