Painter gets $16K, never works

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CUMMING, Ga. — A man said he signed an agreement with a painter to do work worth $16,500, but the painter took the money and left, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report.

On Sept. 5, a man told deputies he met with an employee from Atlanta Painters, and they signed a work agreement on Aug. 30.

The painter was supposed to perform framing, floor and electrical services and he was paid the $16,500 in advance.

Since the signing of the contract, the painter has not performed any work on the job site.

The man spoke to the painter’s estranged wife, who said he had just moved out of their home.

Deputies confirmed that the painter is on felony probation for fraud in Rockdale County, southeast of Atlanta.