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Lightning rod scam costs Whitley Co. homeowner thousands

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - After an investigation into a possible scam, there's now an arrest warrant out for a Laurel County man.

Mark Adams, 21, from London, claimed to be a worker of the Cumberland Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Last month, deputies say Adams visited a home and said he was there to install lightning rods to protect the victim's home. After installing the rods, he told the homeowner that the cost for the rods was $8,000.

Investigators say the homeowner refused to pay the outstanding bill, so Adams dropped the price to $4,000. Adams pleaded with the victim and said that he would lose his job if he didn't receive the money for the lightening rod installation. Subsequently, the victim wrote a check to Adams for the $4,000.

The lightning rod scandal didn't stop there.

Adams returned to the same home on a later day with a chainsaw. This time he was there to cut trees. The homeowner told Adams to leave and called 911.

If you have any information about Adams, contact the Whitley County Sheriff's Department at 606-549-6006.


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