May 21, 2018
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‘Handymen’ with Maine license plates scam elderly Mass. man out of $90k

By Jim Patten, The Eagle-Tribune

HAVERHILL, Mass. — A trio of “handymen” scammed an elderly man out of $90,000 by charging him for odd jobs they did around his home — and jobs they didn’t do very well, police said.

The trio showed up at the 92-year-old man’s home in February in a red GMC pickup truck with Maine license plates and offered to do small jobs.

“They began with some tree work and got into painting railings and cleaning the basement — general handyman type work,” said Detective Glen Fogarty. “They were charging an exorbitant amount of money for substandard work.”

Police were tipped to the scam by the victim’s bank, which noticed an irregular spending pattern and put a freeze on his accounts. The bank then notified police.

The three men went to the victim’s home Friday to get another check from the victim, which they then tried to cash at the victim’s bank. The bank held the check and called police.

The trio left without cashing the check and have not been back to the city since, Fogarty said. He said the men know they are under investigation and one of the three has an open case in Maine involving similar incidents.

Fogarty said police want to warn the public of such scams.

“Be aware of people knocking on your door to do work, they may not be legitimate,” Fogarty said.

Persons who may have been contacted by the three men or who may have knowledge of their activities may call Fogarty at the police station at 978-373-1212, ext. 570.

© 2012 The Eagle-Tribune

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