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Tri-State man facing home improvement fraud charges

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SPENCER CO., IN (WFIE) -

A Tri-State man is facing home improvement fraud charges in Spencer County.

If you enter Jeremy Schepers' name on Dox-Pop, a database for public records, he shows up over 90 times in various fraud cases across seven Indiana counties. Now, he is facing three charges, including one felony, in Spencer County.

Earlier this year, Kasha Phillips and her husband wanted to have some work done on the roof of their home in Rockport.

"We contacted someone in the paper. He came out and he gave us an estimate that sounded like a good estimate," Phillips said.

That someone was 35-year-old Jeremy Lee Schepers of Ferdinand.

"We gave him the money for the materials. Then we were waiting to hear back from him, as far as when he could perform the work," Phillips said.

Days turned into weeks, and still, Phillips could not get a hold of Schepers. Phillips thought the rainy weather was keeping Schepers from starting the work until she logged onto Dox-Pop.

"There were a lot of other cases out there. At that point, I realized that we had just gotten taken and we had to do whatever we could to get our money back," Phillips said.

Phillips later realized Schepers had been changing the name of his construction company in local newspaper ads while printing the exact same information.

"'Shingles' was spelled wrong twice in it. So, I knew then that it was the same ad," Phillips said.

Phillips and two other Spencer County victims filed suit against Schepers, and he has paid the money back. Schepers was in court on Tuesday for an initial hearing on three counts of home improvement fraud.

"I just want people to be aware of, you know, this could happen to anybody. There's always gonna be somebody out there who's trying to take advantage of somebody," Phillips said.

Schepers' next hearing in Spencer County is set for November 1.

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