CPD: Man wanted in connection with construction scam

CPD: Man wanted in connection with construction scam
Tyron Bethea (Source: Columbia Police Department)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Columbia Police Department is asking for community assistance to help locate a man wanted in connection with a construction scam.

Tyron Bethea, 44, has been charged with obtaining property under false pretenses.

Investigators say Bethea scammed two victims out of thousands of dollars in a phony construction deal.

The victims told officials Bethea told them he owned “A.T.G. Construction” and was a “licensed contractor in various trades.”

Bethea then wrote a contract with the company’s name and gave them a quote of $28,500 to build an addition to their home. The victims say they paid Bethea $2700 in cash.

Investigators say Bethea allegedly failed to complete the construction work and conducted business without a business license from the South Carolina Department of Labor and Licensing.

Anyone with information about Bethea’s whereabouts is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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