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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Four Face False Pretenses Charges For Allegedly Running Home Contracting Scam That Fleeced 89-Year Old Homeowner Out Of Over $70K
From the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, City of Alexandria, Virginia:
On February 13, 2017, the Grand Jury for the City of Alexandria returned indictments against four co-conspirators relating to a scheme to defraud an 89-year old Alexandria citizen out of substantial amounts of money.
Each of the four co-conspirators was charged with one felony count of Conspiracy to Obtain Money by False Pretenses. The maximum penalty for this charge is 10 years to serve in the penitentiary. Under Virginia law, a criminal conspiracy is defined as an agreement between two or more people to commit a criminal offense through concerted action.
The following co-conspirators have been charged:
Robert R. McCloud, Jr., a 37-year old resident of Culpeper, Virginia
Pamela Ann McCloud, a 32-year old resident of Reva, Virginia
Krystal Marie Mullins, a 28-year old resident of Culpeper, Virginia
Gerald Scott Canard, a 25-year old resident of Culpeper, Virginia
The indictments relate to an alleged scheme that operated in the City of Alexandria between February 2015 and January 2016. Over that time frame, the co-conspirators purported to operate a contracting business that was called "Trees Unlimited" a/k/a "Unlimited Property Enhancements."
During the alleged conspiracy, the victim, who resided in the Taylor Run neighborhood, paid approximately $71,000 to the co-conspirators. The payments were ostensibly for landscaping and pest removal work; however, the work included items such as "putting mothballs in the attic" and the installation of a "squirrel alert system." The purported work also included more regular items such as roof repair.
Once the alleged conspiracy was uncovered, Alexandria Police detectives and Alexandria Code Enforcement inspectors investigated. An inspection of the victim's home revealed no evidence of the repairs allegedly completed by the co-conspirators.
CBC News: Betrayal of Trust (A CBC investigation reveals how lawyers across Canada have misappropriated and mishandled clients money, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, or sometimes even charging vulnerable people top dollar for shoddy services)
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