Clinton man accused of billing Iowa City woman $366,000 for bogus home repairs

He faces charge of first-degree theft, 10 years in prison

IOWA CITY — A Clinton man is accused of billing an elderly Iowa City woman for more than $365,000 worth of incomplete and non-compliant house projects.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, between March 2016 and August 2017, Scott A. Geary, 51, and another subject offered to do tree trimming for the woman. Police said Geary and his partner told the woman about “structural deficiencies” and other work needed in the home. They also began work on the woman’s unfinished basement, police said.

Despite not obtaining the necessary building permits or finishing multiple projects, police said Geary billed the woman for the work, which also does not meet building code requirements.

Police said the woman paid Geary and his partner more than $366,000 for the repairs. The home is assessed at just more than $250,000, police said.

Geary allegedly told the woman that she could sue the homebuilder to get her money back for the repairs.

Geary has been arrested and faces one count of first-degree theft, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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