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Dish TV scam suspects back behind bars

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Updated: 7/25/2013 6:29 pm
YULEE, Fla. -- A couple wanted in connection with a Dish TV scam in Nassau County has been arrested again.

Anthony Gerhold is back in jail facing additional counts of schemes to defraud and the exploitation of an elderly person.

Investigators say he impersonated a Dish Network Satellite subcontractor while promising service upgrades to Dish customers at a cost of $700-$900.

Authorities say Gerhold not only promised customers three months of free service if they signed a contract, but to also ignore late-payment bills from Dish because the problem would be corrected in the billing department.

Unknowing customers called an 800 number given to them by Gerhold to report complaints.

Authorities said Mr. Gerhold's wife, Crystal Gerhold, disguised herself as a customer service representative to further defraud people.

Customers whose service was disconnected eventually learned their contracts were fake after contacting Dish TV.

Police captured the Gerholds in Little Rock, Ark., on July 19. They were extradited back to Nassau County on Thursday.

"These suspects came into Nassau County and took advantage of our most vulnerable, trustworthy and decent hard-working citizens with their slick fraudulent sales pitch," said Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.

Investigators believe 33 people have been victimized by the Gerholds, and suspect there are more. Additional victims are being asked to call the sheriff's office at 904-225-5174.
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FlSunRise87 - 7/26/2013 9:44 AM
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HAHAHAHA! What a dumb SOB!

Lulu2013 - 7/26/2013 7:10 AM
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My late, elderly Mother would have fallen for this pretty boy's sales pitch. Another one like him "sold" her a water purification system that ended up draining her bank account and no water system was ever installed. Lock them up and throw away the key! Monsters preying on elderly folks. Makes me sick!
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