Three area businesses call police in fraud, theft cases
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This week a local lawyer called police in an effort to recoup payments made to a Georgia contractor, while two other businesses were victims of shoplifting and an employee stealing from the till, police say.

James Jones, of Cherrylog was arrested by Cobb County police Friday morning on a felony charge of swindling a Marietta attorney out of thousands of dollars in home repairs.

Carol Baskin, of the family law practice Baskin & Baskin at 132 Forest Ave. off Lemon Street near North Marietta Parkway, told police Jones cashed five checks totaling $27,500 from February to June as payment for an addition to her log cabin in Mineral Bluff, Georgia.

The warrant states that no materials were delivered to the cabin, a subcontractor hired to grade the property was not paid the $5,200 for the completed work, and another subcontractor hired for carpentry and framing work was also told the bill would be paid by Baskin.

Jones was released Friday night on $35,000 bond.

Shoplifting and theft charges

On July 27, 20-year-old Hannah Prusak of Marietta was arrested by Cobb County police and charged with two misdemeanors on underage possession of alcohol and shoplifting.

The warrant stated Prusak stole a bottle of Svedka Citron vodka from a Big Al’s liquor store at 4150 Macland Road in Powder Springs.

She was given a $2,000 bond and released Monday night.

Also arrested July 27 by Cobb County police was Craig Rhinehart of Atlanta.

Rhinehart, who was arrested by Fulton County authorities last year on two separate dates on charges of identity theft and breaking into a car, was charged with a felony after police say he stole from his employer, Six Flags Over Georgia at 275 Riverside Parkway.

The warrant stated a video showed Rhinehart taking $700 and that he admitted to stealing another $12,000 from other co-workers’ registers over the course of the summer season.

He was released Sunday on a $5,000 bond.


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