Bloomfield Man Accused of Bilking $1,000 From Elderly Woman For Home Repairs

(BLOOMFIELD) – A Bloomfield man was arrested after police say he took $1,000 from an elderly woman to remodel her bathroom but never did the job.

Robert Henderson

Greene County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested 55-year-old Robert Henderson on Feb. 19th after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a felony charge of theft.

According to police, a 78-year-old woman paid Henderson $1,000 to upgrade her bathroom in October 2019.

The woman told police that Henderson arrived at her home on October 19, 2019 to give her an estimate on pulling out her old bathtub and replacing it with a new one with a grab bar and a new faucet.

The woman provided police with a copy of the receipt where she paid Henderson with ten $100 bills with a balance due and an additional $1,165 when the job was completed. Henderson was to begin work on Monday, October 21, 2019.

The woman said Henderson did not show up on that Monday. He showed up on Thursday, October 30th. The woman then told Henderson that she wanted her money back.

Henderson allegedly told the woman he didn’t have it.

The woman told Henderson she needed the job done because she had no way of taking a shower. Henderson told the woman she could take a shower at his house.

The woman provided the deputy with another receipt dated October 30th that stated, – “I, Robert J. Henderson DBA RJH Flooring will refund the down payment of $1,000 for bathroom. Because I was late for the job. 10-30-2019. After I take materials back and get the rest!!!!? 1-1-2020.”

Police spoke to Henderson in February 2020. Henderson admitted he had not done the work and did not repay the money and had no way of paying it back and that the woman could just sue him.

Henderson was arrested after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He posted a $400 bond and was released from jail.

He is scheduled to appear in Greene County Superior Court on March 2.