A Lavonia man was arrested Tuesday after a Loganville woman said he took her money to repair her roof, but never did any of the work. Shannon Howard Conner is currently being held in Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond on charges of theft by deception.
Kristy Olds said her saga began in February when she discovered a leak in the roof of her Loganville home and asked on social media for recommendations on a roofer. Conner was recommended to her and she and her husband subsequently got insurance estimates, entered into a contract and handed over a cheque to Conner for $3,063.15 on Feb. 23, 2017 as the downpayment. Olds noted that Conner first requested that the check be made out to him and not his company and then that he be allowed to cash it at their bank, due to “personal divorce” issues. That was probably the first clue that something was not right. However, Olds said they persevered in trying to work with Conner to get the repairs done, but despite numerous agreements to have materials delivered and work to begin the next day, the next week, on several agreed subsequent days, they did not ever see any materials, Conner or a day’s work on their roof.
“He never did any work at all on my roof. After my husband met with him to get the estimate, he said that he felt comfortable with him, and, after reviewing his Facebook page, it appeared that he was a sincere Christian man, who was trying to help others who may be suffering with mental health and drug abuse issues through his SMILE campaign,” Olds said.”I believe that my purpose in life is to help others and I saw an opportunity to help him in several ways. I could help him grow his business, through doing my roof and some work for our neighborhood HOA at and around our clubhouse and pool area and other referrals, as well as help spread his SMILE campaign through my work with several charities.”
Also, Olds said he had been a classmate back in middle school in Gwinnett County and, “I jumped at the chance to help a former classmate.” But after a series of excuses that involved an injured leg, a hospital visit for appendicitis and being on standby as a roofer to help storm victims, Conner requested that they pay $3,000 when the materials are delivered, to be refunded when the full insurance check is paid. That was on April 12 and that was when Olds requested her money back.
At that time, Olds again reverted to social media, warning people not to contract with Conner and giving a rundown on the situation regarding her roof. She immediately was flooded with people reporting the same experience as well as links to a ripoff warning website where he had been reported for doing the same thing. She found another homeowner who was still trying to get her $9,000 refunded as well as several judgements against Conner dating back to 2012. Needless to say, she never got the money back.
On April 28, Olds reported it to the Loganville Police Department. A week later, Conner turned up at the Loganville Police Department to fill out a statement on another case and was arrested on a warrant out of South Carolina on Federal Chartered Institutional Crime. According to South Carolina Records, Conner was out on $10,000 bond on those charges on July 11 when he was arrested in Lavonia on the Loganville charges regarding Olds’ case. He was then transported to Gwinnett County Detention Center.
Olds has since had her roof repaired, but is still out the $3,063.15 that was given to Conner in February. Conner has not been contacted for comment as he currently remains jailed in Gwinnett County.
Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.