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Police seek Missouri man in connection with Quincy home repair fraud

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 9, 2017 2:30 pm Updated: Aug. 9, 2017 2:50 pm

QUINCY -- Quincy police are looking for a Missouri man on a charge of aggravated home repair fraud.

According to a press release from the Quincy Police Department, officers were notified of suspicious transactions by a local bank involving a senior citizen's account in which several thousand dollars was paid to an individual for remodeling.

Officers went to the individual's home and spoke with the resident. The resident said a man came to the door July 31 saying he was there to do an inspection. The man said several thousand dollars worth of repairs were needed in a portion of the attic that the senior citizen wasn't able to see.

The resident agreed to pay several thousand dollars for repair work. However, a police investigation showed virtually no work had been done, even though the victim had been told the work had been completed.

After further investigation, police identified the suspect as Torrey E. Rickey, 41, whose last known address was in Carthage, Mo.

Police say Rickey is wanted in several counties across Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, including Adams County on a charge of aggravated home repair fraud.

Police say Rickey may still be in the area. He has ties to the Hannibal area. He may be driving a gray or light-colored GMC truck with a camper shell and Missouri license plates OEB828.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Quincy Police Department or call the Quincy Regional Crime Stopper Hotline at 217-228-4474. Tips also can be submitted online at quincycrimestoppers.com.

Police urge homeowners to work only with reputable contractors and proceed cautiously when solicited by door-to-door sales people.

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