A task force of local and state government agencies charged 10 people with more than 75 counts of defrauding seniors out of more than $300,000.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
A task force of local and state government agencies charged
10 people with more than 75 counts of defrauding seniors out of more than
The suspects are charged with defrauding victims with an
average age of 85, and face more than 75 counts, including obtaining property
by false pretenses, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses and elder
All 10 suspects were served and processed in Alamance,
Edgecombe, Nash, Wake and Wilson counties. The Edgecombe County Sheriff's
Office, Nash County Sheriff's Office and Wilson County Sheriff's Office
assisted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Burlington, Cary and Raleigh
Police with the arrests.
"Criminals and con artists who prey on seniors must be
stopped. They strike fast and move on quickly, hoping to stay one step ahead of
the law," Attorney General Roy Cooper said. "We're teaming up with
other law enforcement and prosecutors so we can piece together these cases and
put home repair fraudsters behind bars where they belong."
Investigators say the suspects initially approached seniors
offering to perform minor work on their homes, such as cleaning out gutters,
for a small fee. They then urged their victims into a series of expensive and
unnecessary home repairs to their roof, plumbing, foundation or electrical
Work performed by the defendants was minimal, substandard or
not completed at all, according to arrest warrants.
Operation Nail It is a coordinated effort by a task force
comprised of the SBI's Financial Crimes Unit; Financial Crimes Initiative of
the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys; Wake County District Attorney's Office;
Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office; Burlington,
Cary, Raleigh and Wilson police departments; State Board of Examiners of
Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors; N.C. Licensing Board for
General Contractors; N.C. Industrial Commission; and several local city
The task force work started in early 2013 when the Town of
Cary Police Department noticed a trend in elderly scamming cases and alerted
the SBI's Financial Crime Unit.