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10 arrested for defrauding seniors in central NC

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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. 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 $300,000.

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 exploitation.

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 systems.

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 inspectors.

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.

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