Flint warning of suspicious people posing as lead pipe replacement workers

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FLINT (WJRT) (7/11/2018) - Mayor Karen Weaver's office is warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious people posing as workers on the citywide lead pipe replacement crews seeking money.

Residents have been reporting interactions with people claiming to work on the FAST Start initiative trying to obtain money or sell services to people whose lead service lines are being replaced this year.

“Residents are not expected to shoulder any of the burden when it comes to pipe replacement,” said Flint Department of Public Works Director Robert Bincsik.

Anyone who is approached by someone asking for money to fix their water pipes or perform work outside their home related to water line replacement is asked to call the Flint Police Department.

Legitimate FAST Start employees will always identify themselves to residents. All of the workers have easily identifiable company work vehicles and proper identification.

“While we are doing work aimed at fixing the pipes and regaining trust from the residents, we have to be mindful that there are some individuals who would look to capitalize on the crisis," Weaver said.

The nonemergency line to file a complaint with the Flint Police Department is 810-237-6800.