PALM CITY, Fla. – The police arrested a handyman for ripping off a 82 year old lady for $107,000. This guy took his own family over there to help the lady feel at ease with giving him her money!
Between December 2007 and June 2009 an investigation revealed that this contractor, Harry B. Patterson did little or no work for the lady. The work he did do was declared hazardous and had to be redone. He also billed the lady with several invoices for the same jobs.
The police says the handyman brought his wife and daughter by the house to sit with her and keep her company. She got comfortable trusting them according to WTSP News. Patterson would recommend repairs to the lady and since she wasn’t knowledgeable about her home and he seemed to know what he was talking about, she believed the creep.
I can imagine the lady giving the guy a credit card and him running the thing up, but how do you charge over $100k and she hands it over graciously? Some senior citizens are just as sharp as anyone. Unless she was senile or had Alzheimers or something…
Investigators determined in one project to repair a seawall, replace insulation and remove mold, Patterson charged the woman more than $107,000 for $10 worth of cement patch and hour’s work, according to WTSP News.
Patterson was charged with grand theft from a victim over the age of 65, which is a first-degree felony. If convicted, Patterson faces a possible 30 years in the big house. Photo: wtsp.com