The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection to an investigation into fraud. Joseph Tyler Mctigrit, 36, is charged with financial exploitation of the elderly.

Lt. Andrew Ashton said Mctigrit was hired in October 2022 by Virginia Cannon, 61, of Lillian, to do construction work at her home.

“Mrs. Cannon provided Joseph Mctigrit in excess of $100,000 to buy supplies and perform the work on her home,” Ashton said. “No supplies were purchased, and the work that was started caused further damage to the residence.”

Investigators said the victim was unaware that Mctigrit was not licensed and could not legally obtain permits for the renovation project work. After Mctigrit left the home, Cannon called him several times, and he eventually returned $20,000, Ashton said.

Mctigrit was placed in the Baldwin County Corrections Center and is being held on no bond because he is also listed as a fugitive from justice out of Escambia County, Florida.

“Mctigrit is believed to have multiple victims for the same types of crimes and fraudulent business practices,” Ashton added.

Insurance companies suggest homeowners confirm contractors have the legal papers to do work, get more than one bid and never pay upfront.

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