Accused Scam Artists Arrested

A couple of accused scammers wanted in three counties are in custody. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says Joseph Bennett of Columbia and Franklin James of Gaston were arrested Tuesday night. Bennett and James are accused of taking people’s money to perform renovation work on homes and then not doing the work. The men are charged with scamming a Little Mountain Family out of $1,300. They are also suspected in similar incidents in Richland and Lexington Counties.