Suspected serial scammer in Houston-area arrested again as victims describe litany of scams

Suspected serial scam artist arrested again
Suspected serial scam artist arrested again

HOUSTON – A man busted months ago after being accused of bilking businesses out of thousands of dollars is back at it, according to police.

Chad Skelton was arrested in Chambers County this week on several charges, including theft, deceptive business practices, and fraudulent use and possession of personal ID information. He is held on a $100,000 bond.

We first told you about Skelton in March when he was arrested for lying about having a sick daughter to get money from businesses in Pasadena, Deer Park, and La Porte. He was charged with theft at that time.

New scam accusations

Several people reached out to Channel 2 Investigates claiming they had been scammed by Skelton recently, including two chemical riggers who lost their jobs when the pandemic began.

“He said he wanted me as a supervisor,” said Wesley Patterson. “He told me he was going to pay me $35 an hour.”

“With COVID, you know, construction workers needing work, he hit us there, knowing we would jump on board wanting to feed our families," said Steven Bonin.

Both men say they paid Skelton hundreds of dollars for pre-employment screenings and then never heard from him again.

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