Snellville salon owner charged with bilking distributor

Elgreat Richard

Elgreat Richard

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Snellville salon owner is facing multiple felony charges after police say he wrote a series of bad checks to a distributor, bilking the company out of about $11,000.

Elgreat Todd Richard, 49, was arrested Tuesday and charged with 11 counts of theft by deception after officials from a Tucker location of Cosmo Professional Beauty -- a national "distributor of beauty products to licensed professionals and salon owners" -- contacted Gwinnett County police, officials said.

According to police reports, Richard issued at least 11 bad checks to the store, receiving "nearly $11,000" in products in return.

An online listing shows a salon named Exclusively Elgreat located at 732 Grassmeade Way in Snellville, Richard's last known address. Calls there were not returned Wednesday.

The investigating officer wrote in his report that he was "familiar with (Richard) from a previous case."

That's because Tuesday's arrest came less than a week after jail records show Richard was booked for financial identity fraud. According to reports from that case, Richard reportedly stole checking account information from a woman he briefly dated before using that information to make a payment on his auto insurance policy.

Jail records show Richard has been arrested eight times in Gwinnett County since 2006, including a 2007 charges of deposit account fraud.