Man charged with scamming elderly

rgallagher@newsobserver.comAugust 12, 2013 

— Police on Thursday charged another man they had been seeking in connection with elderly residents’ being scammed of dozens of thousands of dollars for unneeded house repairs that have been the focus of a state law enforcement task force.

Christopher David Fountain, 51, of 128 Earl St. in Rocky Mount, was brought to Cary to face four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, three of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and three of exploiting the trust of elderly persons.

State Bureau of Investigation agents, part of the task force being directed by state Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office, brought Fountain from Wilson County, where he was being held on other charges, according to Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Cooper.

In their arrest warrants, Cary police charged that Fountain directly took about $6,000 from two homeowners for work that was “unnecessary and was minimal, substandard or not completed” last August and September 2012.

Police also charged that Fountain was part of a conspiracy to take almost $110,000 from an elderly man and from an 81-year-old husband and wife at the two homes.

They said he conspired with Randall Joyner and Larry Martin House, two of the 10 men named by the task force. Both were arrested earlier.

State and local officials say the ring approached elderly people who could not check on what work was being done or if anything was being done, befriended them and began stringing out the scam.

Fountain was being held Friday in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

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