Woman arrested for allegedly scamming senior citizens out of thousands

Jessica Burton (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Jessica Burton (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman was arrested after she allegedly scammed two Nashville women.

Jessica Burton, 29, was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged with theft of property.

Burton and an unknown male suspect reportedly convinced 91-year-old Mary Ballinger she owed them money for work they said they had done on her roof. They allegedly told her that her son had approved the work.

Jessica Burton
Jessica Burton (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

However, police say they didn’t do any work for the victim.

According to Metro fraud detectives, Burton cashed a $2,800 check at a Madison bank. According to an affidavit, when the clerk questioned Burton about the validity of the check, she told the clerk the money was from her grandmother to help pay for school.

Burton was arrested for a similar crime a few months ago, charged with cashing a 78-year-old woman’s check for $6,500 for driveway work never performed.

She was released on a $10,000 bond following that arrest.

After our original story aired, News 2 viewers Jake and Leslie Griner did something wonderful, writing a heartfelt letter and check to the woman in care of our newsroom. The check from the mother and son was for $200.

Burton was booked overnight into the Metro jail and charged with theft of property. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Her male accomplice is still at large.