Man charged with fraud; Victims call it an 'unforgivable' scheme
By Valencia Wickervwicker@abcnews4.com
BERKELEY, S.C. (WCIV) -- Gerhard Jung says he didn't second guess allowing 23-year-old Christopher Felber to run his family repair shop in a building he owned on Howe Hall Road in Goose Creek.
Jung expected Felber to be an honest tenant but, says Felber eventually quit paying rent and avoided him for months.
"It was just one lie after another," Jung said.
Jung says Felber wrote him nearly $20,000 in bad checks. But, Jung says there are more people just like him.
On Monday, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Felber with fraudulent checks worth more than $225,000.
"Its unforgivable," Jung said. "Money is one thing, but when a person hurts you personally, when a friend does it to you, then, it really hurts."
Pamela Harris says fraudulent checks are just the beginning of a well-thought scheme.
Harris took her son's Audi to Felber's auto shop, EMI, to have the engine repaired.
"While that was in December, I finally got the car back in May, in pieces, on a wrecker," Harris said.
For six months, Harris says she heard excuse after excuse. Harris says she paid a $2,000 deposit for the repairs.
"I've got an email saying, "I'll return your $2,000 dollars", Harris said. "Never saw a penny."
Harris says she is shocked at what she, her family and others have had to go through.
"I have never seen anything like this in my life," Harris said. "I raised two very, very honest airmen, and I would be appalled to know that my child had even thought about doing this to somebody."
Jung and Harris say they hope justice is finally served.
"My personal claim is right now, please everybody, step forward. Swallow your pride," Jung said.
"Nobody deserves to go through this," Harris said. "When you trust somebody to fix your car, that's exactly what you expect them to do -- fix it."
EMI has since been shut down and is now being run by another owner.
Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say more alleged victims are coming forward and more charges are expected to be filed.
Felber faced a Berkeley County bond court judge Wednesday. The judge set a $5,000 bond based on one charge of writing a bad check.