Elderly woman accuses Decatur business man of fraud

Published: Nov. 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2014 at 11:55 PM CST
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Billy Wayne Hood is out of jail on a $10,000 dollar bond.(Source: Decatur PD)
Billy Wayne Hood is out of jail on a $10,000 dollar bond.(Source: Decatur PD)

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A Decatur businessman is accused of preying on an elderly woman.

Billy Hood is accused of taking more than $10,000 from a 75-year-old woman for car repairs that she didn't need.

Hood owns Billy's Liberty 2000, an auto repair shop in Decatur. An affidavit spells out why he now faces a charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person.

The complaint states the woman took her classic 1953 Plymouth to Billy's Liberty to get some work done and get it into "show car" condition.

The woman told Sgt. John Harris with Decatur police that Hood had the car for over a month and, during that time, he found all sorts of problems wrong with it. Those problems amounted to thousands of dollars, but when she got it back she couldn't tell a difference in what was fixed.

After closer inspection of the receipts, she told police she found Hood actually charged her twice for the same repairs.

The affidavit also states the woman took the car to another mechanic who inspected and found it was the "worst case of fraud" he had ever seen in his 35 years as a mechanic.

Through his inspection, investigators determined the work that was done on the car only amounted to about $400.

Sgt. Harris interviewed several unsatisfied customers that said Hood also defrauded them and former employees who said the businessman was known for fraudulent business practices for years, but would intimidate people from filing police reports.

Billy Wayne Hood is out of jail on a $10,000 dollar bond.

We stopped by his repair shop to ask Hood about the allegations but employees said he wasn't there.

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