Updated Tue, Apr 16, 2013 8:00 am
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says seven people have been charged in an alleged home repair scam that mostly targeted central Ohioans in their 80s and 90s.
DeWine said Monday that seven Circleville residents were indicted in Fairfield County. He says the door-to-door improvement scheme in Fairfield, Franklin, Pickaway and Ross counties cost at least a dozen or more victims a total of about $102,000.
The charges include money laundering and theft from an elderly person.
DeWine says homeowners typically were told a roof or chimney needed repairs and then were given higher-than-expected bills, finding that little or no work was done.
DeWine says some homeowners were told they had been overcharged and needed to write additional replacement checks.
One 86-year-old man lost nearly $50,000 writing 29 checks.