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19 Action News Reporter Scott Taylor investigates AEP workers

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19 Action News has learned American Electric Power was using convicted criminals as sales reps, to go to people's homes and sell AEP electricity.

On Wednesday, a home owner called Brooklyn police after a worker had an employee i.d. number, but no picture. Officers then arrested 4 of the reps, for not showing up for their court appearances.

Reporter Scott Taylor did a background check on the sales reps, and found some interesting information.

Martel Tate, 22, already has a conviction last year for negligent assault.

Sergio Abston has prior conviction in 2008 and 2010. He currently faces court charges of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and domestic violence.

Tyshawn Petty, 21, busted last year for improperly furnishing a firearm to a minor and trafficking.

Taylor then contacted AEP officials in Columbus, OH. AEP is now doing their own internal investigation.

So far, AEP officials say results indicate the reps going door to door were hired by a vendor AEP uses and that the subcontractor's criminal background checks done on the 3 men came back clean.

AEP also says for now, they have suspended all door to door sales all over the nation.

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