A scam artist has been arrested in Augusta for conning people out of cash and promising he would get their lights turned back on.

Lorenzo Leon Curry, 31, also known as “ZO” and “The Light Bill Man,” has been charged with theft by deception.

Authorities say he told people he was a representative of Georgia Power who could get their electricity turned on for a cash fee.

After receiving several complaints, a sheriff’s posed as a victim who needed his lights turned on, paid Curry $125 cash and provided a non-existent Georgia Power account number. Curry took the cash and gave the undercover cop a confirmation number, telling him to wait an hour before calling the power company to have service re-connected, authorities said.

Curry was arrested after the transaction on charges of theft and a felony probation violation. The Augusta man is a repeat offender with a conviction for financial identity fraud and drunk driving.

Georgia Power security investigators say Curry is not and has never been an employee of Georgia Power. All payments on accounts and bills are handled at a business location or over the phone by a Georgia Power finance representatives.

If anyone who has been a victim of this scam please contact Inv. Kendall Brown at 706-821-1440 or by email at [email protected]