Feds capture local suspects in Georgia, Tennessee

MARIETTA – Two men accused of buying a truck from Family Ford in Marietta with a bad check were arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Squad this week- one in Tennessee, the other in Georgia.

According to a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, James H. Moore, 30, of Middleport, was arrested Thursday in Chattanooga, Tenn., while driving the 2013 Ford truck in question.

Moore and Joseph C. Hajj, 32, of Nitro, W.Va., are accused of giving Family Ford a fraudulent check for $52,654 for the truck on Dec. 19.

Hajj was arrested Friday at a Red Roof Inn in Kennesaw, Ga., the release says. He was in possession of a 2012 Dodge truck reported stolen the previous day from a dealership in Cartersville, Ga., using a similar scheme to the one perpetrated here, officials said.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said his officers directed marshals to the suspects.

“We knew where their locations were through some informants,” he said.

Hajj is charged with felony counts of theft and writing a bad check, while Moore is charged with a felony count of complicity in theft, Mincks said.

The release says there are active warrants for the men for similar activity in Gallia and Meigs counties in Ohio, plus West Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky. They’re accused of obtaining more than $400,000 worth of vehicles, firearms, tools and gasoline through the use of fraudulent checks under the name of BA Contracting in Nitro.

Mincks said deputies have been sent to interview Moore in Chattanooga and Hajj in Cobb County, Ga., where they are being held, pending extradition.