Crime

Wake deputies: Man scammed elderly couple in roof-repair deal

Stacy Asbury Griffin
Stacy Asbury Griffin CCBI

A Raleigh man was being held on $225,000 bail Tuesday after his arrest by Wake County sheriff's deputies on charges of swindling an elderly couple in a deal to repair their roof and then extorting more money to finish the job last year.

Stacy Asbury Griffin, 43, was arrested Friday afternoon at a Raleigh house, records showed. An arrest warrant said he lived in Danville, Va., but he was booked with an address of 2025 Auburn Road in Raleigh.

Deputies charged that Griffin charged the couple, who lived on Hinton Street, $21,900 for a roof repair for which they paid in advance.

Then, deputies said, he did not finish the job and demanded $9,000 to complete the work rather than removing a tarp that was protecting the house from the weather.

Griffin was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, exploiting the trust of an elderly person and extortion.

An arrest warrant said the incident took place between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, 2014, at the house just south of Knightdale Boulevard inside the Interstate 540 loop.

Griffin was also charged by Raleigh police with being wanted for a parole violation involving a larceny in Pittsylvania County, Va.

Griffin has a North Carolina conviction from 2010, when he was found guilty in Guilford County of obtaining property by false pretense and exploiting an elderly or disabled adult. He served just under four months in prison for that, state records show.

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