COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Columbia Police Department has arrested two people in connection with a scam investigation.
Property Crime investigators say Dennis R. Gadson and Shannon N. Green-Thomas allegedly defrauded the female victim out of $30,000 on October 24, 2020.
At the time of the scam, Gadson was the owner and operator of Noisy Wings restaurant on Bluff Road.
Officials say Gadson and Green-Thomas advertised for franchise opportunities for the restaurant. The victim later met the suspects on Bluff Road and gave them cash for the ‘franchise rights’ to operate the Noisy Wings location in Lexington.
When the victim attempted to get the keys to open the business, she discovered that it was owned and rented by another business. The victim tried to contact the suspects who refused to respond or refund the money.
Gadson has been released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after posting a $15,000 surety bond.
Green-Thomas has also been released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after posting a $10,000 surety bond.
Citizens who have been scammed in the City of Columbia can file an online report here.