Photo released in search for yard work scam suspect

Photo courtesy CCSO
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of a man believed to have taken money on the promise of trimming trees without doing the work.

Since issuing a plea February 1, 2018 about fraud suspect "John Mark," the Carson City Sheriff’s Office says it has received additional information. Investigators say Mark has attempted construction-related fraud in Carson City and Douglas County. He was last reported seen driving an older white Ford pickup in Douglas County, where he is accused of attempting to defraud an elderly couple using asphalt and deck construction. He may also be in the Reno/Sparks area.

The attached photo is of Mark cashing a victim’s check in Carson City.

Investigators say their case began January 19, 2018, when the man solicited an elderly homeowner in the 800 block of Kingsley Lane with an offer to trim his trees. He identified himself as John Mark with John Mark Tree Service.

The homeowner paid the man, who said he had to get his tools, but he never returned to do the work.

The sheriff’s office describes him as white and in his mid-30s with dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sam Hatley at 775-283-7852 or Capt. Brian Humphrey at 775-283-7850 about case #18-554.

The sheriff’s office warns this is a common scam, in which people get money and either don’t return or leave the job half-finished. Frequently the scammers are from outside the area. They don’t have business cards, logos on the vehicles or documents.

Investigators recommend people ask for identification, references, business licenses and contractors' licenses. The Nevada State Contractors Board maintains a database of licensed contractors.

If you suspect someone of fraudulent work in Carson City call dispatch at 775-887-2677 or the Nevada State Contractors Board at 775-688-1141.