A 23-year-old South Carolina man was living the high life by writing bad checks to others.
Christopher Felber has run a repair shop in a building owned by Gerhard Jung on Howe Hall Road in Goose Creek.
Jung hoped that Felber would be an honest tenant, but according to Jung, Felber stopped paying rent and avoided him for months.
"He came up with one lie after another," said Jung.
Jung said that Felber wrote him nearly $20,000 in bad checks. However, Jung said that more people were scammed just like him.
On Monday, the Sheriff's Office of Berkeley County arrested and charged Felber with fraudulent check writing of more than $225,000.
"It's inexcusable," said Jung. "Money is one thing, but when someone hurts you personally, when a friend does that to you, then, it really hurts," he said.
Pamela Harris said the fraudulent check scheme was just the beginning of a well thought out plan for Felber.
Harris took her son’s car to Felber’s shop, EMI, so the engine can be repaired.
"Although it was in December when I brought in the car for repair, I finally got the car back in May, in pieces, like a wreck," said Harris.
For six months, Harris said she heard excuse after excuse. Harris said she paid a deposit of $2,000 for repairs.
"I have an email from Felber saying he will return the $2,000,” said Harris. “I never saw a penny,” she said.
Harris said she is surprised by what she saw her family and others going through.
"I've never seen anything like this in my life," said Harris. "I raised two children that are very, very honest, and I would be horrified to learn that my son had thought about doing this to someone," she said.
Jung and Harris said they hope that justice is finally being served.
"No one deserves to go through this," said Harris. "When you trust someone to fix your car, that's exactly what you expect them to do, to fix it," she said.
EMI car repair has been closed and is now being run by another owner.
Officials from the Office of the Berkeley County Sheriff said more alleged victims are coming forward and more charges are expected to be filed.
Felber faced a Berkeley County bond court judge on Wednesday. The judge set bail at $5,000 based on a charge of writing a bad check.