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Vinton, Iowa

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying and locating of a subject involved with a fraud investigation.

On Tuesday June 17 around noon an elderly women was convinced to pay nearly $8000.00 for electrical work that was supposedly needed at her home south of Shellsburg.

The suspect identified himself as Gregory Long while using a Missouri driver’s license when cashing the check at a local bank. During the investigation it was learned that Long is a suspect in several other similar investigations

It is not known if Long is his correct identity.

Long posed as a worker from a local electrical company in a storm damaged area from Monday night. He looked at the wiring at her residence and while inspecting advised her that mice had chewed through her wiring and it needed replaced. No other person was seen with Long.

The vehicle he was driving in Texas was a white 4-wheel drive pickup with chrome equipment and probably out of state plates, state unknown. Investigation indicates that he may have local state license plates available to him also. There was a female with him at the time in Texas.

There has been a similar incident in the Linn County area where the vehicle was described as a light colored.

Long is currently wanted in Parker County Texas for the same type of crime that happened on June 4. 2014 and at least one other County in Texas. He is believed to be working in areas that experience storm damage.

Any valid utility employee will have proper credentials while working in your area. Beware of anyone that appears out of place and especially driving non marked utility vehicles or vehicles with out of state plates. If there is any questions contact your local electrical company for verification.

The attached picture was used as identification while cashing the check.

Any information concerning the identity or location of this subject or vehicle please contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 319-472-2337, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Crime Stoppers, or or your local law enforcement agency.

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