Contractor accused of embezzling from May 20 tornado victims
By: Jay Dillon, Senior Digital Content Manager - email
The Oklahoma Attorney General announced Tuesday that the owner of a construction company was charged with embezzlement related to home and business renovations, some of which were homes damaged or destroyed in the May 20 tornado in Moore.
Glenn Allen McCoy, 49, was charged Tuesday with six counts of embezzlement. According to the charges filed in Cleveland County District Court, McCoy owns A Better Choice Construction, Inc. and was charged by state Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
The court paperwork said the AG's office began the investigation into his construction company after customers filed numerous complaints. According to documents, they claimed they paid McCoy for work but it was never completed.
According to the charges, McCoy embezzled more than $25,000 from two homeowners and more than $1,000 from four others. The work was to be completed in Lexington, Purcell, Yukon and Moore.
“Fraud is a serious issue in Oklahoma and we will hold accountable those individuals who take advantage of our citizens at times of crisis. Unfortunately, we see this time and again in the aftermath of storms,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “We encourage consumers to contact our office if they believe they have been victims of fraud.”
If you believe you may the victim of fraud, call the AG's Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029.