"Helper" was scamming Claiborne County church, police say

"Helper" was scamming Claiborne County church, police say


MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - Authorities in eastern Kentucky say a man who was helping a Tennessee church renovate a building also helped himself in a copper theft scam.

Middlesboro police arrested 41-year-old David Todd Giles.

Edwin Robertson of the Pump Springs Baptist Church in Claiborne County told WYMT-TV in Hazard Giles was a really good con man.

Robertson said Giles helped rewire an old school building where the church is putting a free medical clinic.

Police said Giles stole a tax exemption form from the church and would pick up copper wire at a Middlesboro electrical supply house, charge it to the church and then sell the wire as scrap at a recycling business.

He's held in the Bell County Jail, which had no record of an attorney for him.

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