Duo Posing as ADT Reps Arrested for Deceptive Sales Practices

Grandview Police arrested two Security Networks salespeople for impersonating ADT representatives and misleading an elderly woman into updating her security system.

 By SSI Staff · March 13, 2014
 

 
 

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — The Grandview Police Department has charged two Security Networks door-to-door alarm salespeople with deceptive business practices after they misled an elderly woman into updating her ADT security system.

Police arrested Colton Halladay, 22, and Steena Berry, 21, on March 11 after an elderly woman contacted on police and told them that two people dressed in ADT uniforms and wearing badges told her that she needed to convert her current security solution to a wireless system. The duo allegedly claimed that her system could be compromised if someone cut the phone line if she didn’t make the switch, Fox 4 KC reports.

During the conversation, Halladay mentioned that the pair actually worked for Security Networks, but were still affiliated with ADT. The woman then signed paperwork that authorized the update and monthly charge of $40.99 over a period of 60 months, which, if the term had been fulfilled, would have cost the woman $2,459 for the update.

While the two were going door-to-door, an officer approached Halladay and Berry and asked what the couple was doing. Halladay told the officer that he was working for Vision Security of Utah and selling security updates. The officer arrested the pair when they admitted they had sold a security system to an elderly woman.

During the interrogation, Halladay told a detective that he told the woman “I’m here in regards to your ADT system on behalf of Security Networks.”

Last year, Security Networks and its affiliate Vision Security agreed to pay ADT $2.2 million in damages for misleading consumers to believe the companies were affiliated with ADT and financial exploitation of the elderly after they posed as ADT, Brinks and Honeywell representatives.

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