Perry County man jailed for scamming Pine Belt residents

Harold Wayne Hadley/Photo credit: Petal Police
Harold Wayne Hadley/Photo credit: Petal Police

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - On Friday, April 29, 47-year old Harold Wayne Hadley was taken into custody by the Petal Police Department and charged with three counts of false pretense.

This was the result of several citizens coming forward stating that Hadley had been hired to do tree service for them but never completed the job.

Hadley is the owner of Hadley's Tree & Shrubs Service with a Perry County address.

With many of Hadley's victims, cash money was advanced before the work was completed.
Authorities said that Hadley would present himself to individuals as someone who was able to provide fast and efficient tree service, but would often take money and never complete the job.

Hadley's business card reads, "Great service comes from the heart."

Authorities said that Hadley was taking money from other jobs to repay customers that threatened him with legal action for work never done. Hadley also had written contracts with his customers. 
Hadley made his initial appearance on Monday before Petal Municipal Court Judge George Gunter, who set Hadley's bond at $500,000 per charge for a total bond of $1.5 million.

He is currently being housed in the Forrest County Jail.

 Authorities said they believe there may be additional victims of Harold Wayne Hadley's Tree & Shrubs Service in surrounding counties.

Those who feel they may have been victimized by Hadley are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement.

If you need assistance in determining whether or not you've been scammed, you can call the Petal Police Department at 601-544-5331.

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