Suspect sought in pine straw scam

by Wes Mayer

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of “flimflam” scammers operating in Coweta County and around Atlanta.

The suspects are believed to be responsible for two recent scams in Coweta County, according to investigators with the sheriff’s office. One suspect has been identified as George Emanuel Febry, 33, also known as Fred, but the other accomplices are unknown.

According to investigators, the suspects will approach homeowners and negotiate an agreement to spread some pine straw around the home for money. The “landscapers” will then spread a larger amount of pinestraw than negotiated and will demand more money from the homeowner.

In the reported cases, the victims were allegedly intimidated into paying more money. The cases in Coweta County are similar to some in metro Atlanta, and they may be related, according to investigators.

Febry’s vehicle is described as an older model red pickup truck pulling a trailer with faded paint.

Anyone who has made contact with Febry or anyone who appears to be involved in this “flimflam” scam have been asked to call Sgt. Jason Fetner with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at 770-253-1502 or 678-423-6711.

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