Press Release
11/13/2013

CONTRACTOR GETS PRISON FOR ELDER FRAUD

Joseph Bishop, a self-employed contractor, was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday in the 144th District Court, for the offense of Theft $1500-$20,000 Elderly.

On September 23, 2011, Joseph Bishop, approached the victim, George McBee, age 78 at the time, and indicated that his home need roof repair. Bishop told McBee that he would repair the roof for $250.00. The next day, however, Bishop changed the price and said he needed $3,498.00 to repair the roof. McBee wrote a check with the amount listed as $3,498.00, but wrote out “three-thousand and ninety-eight.” Bishop returned later stating the bank would not accept the check because of the inconsistency in the amount. McBee then wrote another check for $3,498.00. Bishop then cashed both checks totaling $6,596.00 and never returned to complete any work.

Theft $1500-$20,000 Elderly is a third degree felony with a range of punishment between 2 years and 10 years and up to a $10,000 fine.

For more information contact Trey Banack, Chief White Collar Crime Division, at (210) 335-2404.