UPDATE: Alleged tornado serial scammer charged
MOORE, Okla. – Police have charged a man accused of taking liens on several residents’ homes trying to get paid for work that was never completed.
When Misty Idell got estimates from Jeremy Owens to fix her house after the May tornadoes, she had no idea what he would put her family through over the next few months.
Idell said Owens was supposed to fix her roof and windows and power wash and paint her home.
She said the only thing he ever did was nail tarps onto her roof.
Idell was horrified when Owens slapped at $13,200 lien on her home, claiming she never paid him for work he supposedly did.
Several other people on her block claim they are going through the same thing.
“He’s scum. He shouldn’t be around, he needs to lose his license,” Idell said.
Owens is now facing two counts of False Statement About Lien By A Contractor, which is a felony.
Seeing the charges against Owens shows Idell that police are making progress and that helps ease some of her worry.
However, she is still waiting to get the lien against her home dismissed.
“It will be a more relief when something happens,” Idell said. “When they actually get a chance to make it into court, get everything done. It will be a lot better.”
We tried to contact Jeremy Owens, but he has not returned our calls.
Meanwhile, his lawyer told us he was no longer representing Owens and declined to say why.
The preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15.