Crimetracker: Man behind job scam arrested

By: Lorena Estrada Email
By: Lorena Estrada Email

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A man behind a construction job scam has been arrested after two years on the run.

Rickey Hubbard faces 20 counts of criminal impersonation. He was arrested in Mobile, Alabama.

Kingston Police launched an investigation against Hubbard in August 2011 when a North Carolina couple reported a construction job scam. The couple told police he claimed to represent Yates & Sons Construction and hired them to a construction site in Kingston.

Investigator Sam Bolden told Local 8 News there are about 20 people who applied for jobs that didn't exist. They provided their personal information including their social security numbers.

"I thought they'll never catch him. But I'm so thankful they did because he was doing bad things to people that needed work-- me being one of them," said Susie Standridge.

Authorites called Hubbard a "sophisticated criminal." He misled multiple people and obtained their personal information including their social security numbers.

Hubbard's whereabouts were unkown for the past two years until recently. Bolden said he received a call from Yates Construction that Hubbard was targeting the unemployed in Alabama.

He was arrested and extradited back to Roane County.

The case is now in the hands of the District Attorney's Office.

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