Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Trial ordered for defendant in exploitation of elderly

A rural Carthage man has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he defrauded two elderly victims in separate home improvement scams.

Leroy E. Stark III, 27, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court on one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person and was ordered bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing on a second count of the same offense.

Associate Judge Joe Hensley set July 24 for Stark's initial appearances on the charges in a trial division of the court.

Probable-cause affidavits allege that Stark got a 78-year-old man to pay him $900 on July 13, 2016, to paint the roof and one side of his barn. Stark purportedly climbed onto the roof and sprayed a black substance believed to be some sort of sealant, climbed back down and told the victim he had to go get some ladders to finish the job but never returned.

The second count pertains to the swindling of an elderly woman Sept. 12 of last year on a home improvements job involving some trimming of trees and removal of gutter guards for which he was paid $715. An affidavit alleges that he trimmed a few limbs but did not haul them away and did not finish the work on the gutter guards as promised.

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1 comment:

James said...

Scammers need to be charged and prosecuted. Too many get away with it because law enforcement is busy with other crimes.