SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two men and a woman suspected of swindling the elderly through a bogus roof repair scam were arrested in San Jose last week, police announced Tuesday.

Harriet M. Gregg, 60, John H. Gregg, 63, and John M. Gregg, 21, were arrested on suspicion of defrauding at least two San Jose residents, police said.

All three suspects were booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of elderly fraud and other related felony charges.

Authorities are investigating the fraud targeting elderly residents of San Jose mobile home communities in which the suspects promise to seal a trailer’s roof for about $250.

When the suspects complete the work, however, they request a sum that is several times larger, sometimes as high as $1,850, police said.

According to police, the suspects, while at the victim’s residence, may pilfer checks, jewelry and other personal belongings from within the home.

So far, police have identified a 90-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman as victims in the scam. Investigators believe that there are other victims who have not stepped forward.

Police are asking that anyone who may have been a victim of this scam contact Detective Mark Huiskens of the department’s financial crimes unit at (408) 277-4521.

Crime reports can be filed by calling the 24-hour police dispatch center at (408) 277-8900. Anonymous callers can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or visit

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Comments (4)
  1. Donald Wright says:

    Whoever it was who said “You can’t judge a book by its cover” should have gotten a load of these three, especially Harriet.

  2. Kinu says:

    People like these ought to be taken out back and shot. They don’t deserve to continue to live. And I certainly don’t want to pay for their vacation in jail/prison.

  3. Shirley Pisano says:

    Another problem and scam on elder may be of interest to you. In an effort to stay in the house we have made a home, an apprasier came, back in Dec. There is a police report as to the items missing from our home on that afternoon. The San Jose Police have a report, but say that due to being short handed are unable to follow-up on this. It is certainly elder abuse. Maybe in an effort to help us and to help unsuspecting people… having their homes appraised, to adjust the mortgage. . .some help and imvestigastion is sur needed.

  4. Roger Davis says:

    How can you avoid become the victim of a roof repair scam like this one? Hire a professional roofing contractor who can offer proven experience, a written estimate and worry-free installation. To make sure you’re choosing the best roof repair company, arm yourself with a checklist before you sign a contract … no matter how desperate you are or how urgent the repair work is

    Dallas Roofing Services

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