Proclaimed "credit-fixer" bilks several at synagogue out of cash

Source: WGCL

Police are warning people about a scam involving a con man who is allegedly ripping people off of thousands of dollars, all under the guise of fixing their credit.

Back in August of 2016, Tony Smith, pastor of the Yah Synagogue in Conyers, met a man named Shawn Harris. Smith says he met Harris through a mutual friend who said Harris was a wiz at credit repair.

"I met him through a mutual friend who introduced me to him and told me about him doing credit repair and he did some work for me and it was good," said Smith. "He would tell them it would be about thirty days you'll notice in about thirty days your credit would be cleaned up."

Jahi Richardson was one of about 10 people who wound up doing business with Harris, or so he thought.

"Before he could move forward, he asked for a check of $1,000, so I gave him the check, he deposited the check and told me it would take about two months to complete the services," said Richardson.

That was in November of 2016. After two months, Richardson called Harris only to be told it would take longer. But eventually, Harris stopped picking up the phone.

"It's infuriating to see he has all this money and that he's walking away with it," said Richardson. "For us, it's like a clean get away and no justice is served."

Jesse Martinez also says he allowed Harris to come to his house and gave him cash up front, as requested. Martinez says he gave Harris $1,500 but his services were never rendered.

"I feel very violated because your home is your sanctuary and he came in as a thief and a charlatan," said Martinez.

Reports were filed in Gwinnett County, DeKalb County and Newton County but because Harris had several addresses, police weren't able to find a current one to serve him a warrant. They called Harris once again Sunday afternoon, something they've done for over a year. They still believe Harris is out committing similar crimes.

If you have any information on Harris' whereabouts, you're asked to call police.

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