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Brothers sent to prison for roofing scam

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two brothers will spend time in prison after being convicted of running a roofing scam that targeted elderly homeowners.

Jeffrey and Keith Ogles were sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve, and must pay $100,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said the brothers victimized four people, grossly overcharging them for work that actually caused damage to their roofs.

"This pair deliberately preyed on elderly victims, who were all in their eighties, and demanded payments that reached over $130,000," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said. "The Ogles lined their pockets with the money many of our victims worked a lifetime to accumulate."

Police learned of the scam in November 2014, after an 89-year-old woman tried to withdraw $16,000 in cash from her Wells Fargo account. The bank alerted authorities when the victim said she had been driven there by her roofer, Keith Ogles, who was waiting for her in the parking lot.

An investigation determined the Ogles collected more than $40,000 from the victim for work valued at less than $1,500. They also damaged the woman's roof and performed inconsistent repairs.

Police spoke with a second victim, an 85-year-old man, who said Jeffrey Ogles convinced him his roof needed work, even though he'd recently had a new one installed.

"Over a four month period, this victim paid $72,000 to Jeffrey and Keith Ogles for work that did not need to be done," said Deputy Chief ADA Jeanne Canavan, who oversees DeKalb County's Elder Exploitation Unit.

Canavan said the Ogles threatened to tear up the man's roof after the victim refused to continue paying them.

The Ogles' victims also included an elderly couple who paid more than $20,000 for work valued at $2,000. The victims said the Ogles showed up at their home several times to demand more money. On Nov. 24, 2014, the couple called police after finding the Ogles on the roof. The Ogles were taken into custody at the home, as police had already obtained arrest warrants.

"We all have to be vigilant in making sure that our parents and grandparents are not being taken advantage of and exploited by criminals like the Ogles brothers," James said in a statement. "Far too often, we hear of similar crimes that involve caregivers and even other family members who take advantage of vulnerable adults."