Police identify man who scammed 99-year-old

Posted Oct. 06, 2011, at 8:13 p.m.

SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine — Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies have identified the man who bilked a 99-year-old out of $2,700 for tree work that wasn’t performed.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Robert McFetridge told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday that the man was identified as Mark Steven Giamattio, 24, of Biddeford.

“We had some people that knew him and I actually received some information from a couple of police departments south of here,” said McFetridge.

The detective said he has spoken with the suspect on the telephone.

“He spoke with me but he wouldn’t meet with me,” McFetridge said.

An arrest warrant is in the process of being issued for Giamattio, according to McFetridge.

“We have to have it reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office, then it goes upstairs to the District Court,” he said.

The elderly victim reported to authorities that three young men, including Giamattio, came to his home in South Bristol and told him they were working for the state nearby and offered to cut down six trees.

Two branches were subsequently cut, and the elderly resident was given a $2,700 bill. His caregiver called the Lincoln County sheriff’s office the next day.

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