This is straight from azcentral.com (Arizona Republic):
A Prescott man was arrested Thursday in connection to a fraud case at Quad City Computers, officials said.
Beginning in March 2011, Prescott Valley police received complaints from consumers relating to Prescott Valley’s Quad City Computers reportedly overcharging clients for repairs and computer parts, said Brandon Bonney, a Prescott Valley police spokesman.
Customers reported they were being charged large sums of money and at times, the repairs were not done or poorly done, officials said.The most recent complaint came from a couple in their 80s stating that Jerry Jeff Martin had overcharged them for a new computer system. The pair claims Martin charged them between $8,000 to $12,000 for a job that should have cost them close to $1,300, Bonney said.
Martin was not willing to talk to detectives, Bonney said.
Martin was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of vulnerable adult abuse, one count of fraudulent schemes and one count of theft, officials said.
Authorities are asking people who may have had similar dealing with Quad City Computers to contact Detective Daniel Oen at 928-772-5167.
Update: Daily Courier also reported on this with essentially the same information, plus this:
“On one occasion, they were told to go to Best Buy to purchase items for the computer,” Bonney said. “It was discovered that the items they purchased for the computer were not put into the system he was building for them.”
Wow, this is quite alarming. This kind of news is why I always encourage people to seek out honest and ethical businesses and then spread the word. Do your homework, check the BBB, read reviews, ask your friends and colleagues. It’s easy, here’s how you do it:
Dr. Bower, great dentist, honest, ethical, and affordable.
Prescott Checker Cab, clean taxi’s, honest, ethical, and affordable.
Prescott Flower Shop, superb flowers, honest, ethical, and affordable.
Twin Lakes Automotive, terrific mechanic, honest, ethical, and affordable.
Hill Top IT, fantastic computer techs, honest, ethical, and affordable.
See how easy that was? In a community like ours, it should be relatively easy for people to know good businesses by reputation.