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Richmond Police have charged a Richmond man with swindling an 87-year-old woman out of thousands of dollars.
Charles Ray King, 52, of Richmond, is being charged with a class B felony of exploitation of the elderly.
The charge can carry a sentence of five to 15 years in prison. King will make his first court appearance next Tuesday in Ray County Criminal Court.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Richmond Detective Scott Bagley, the victim contracted with King Construction Company to perform various repairs to her home last summer.
Originally the victim contacted Richmond Police last October, but it was determined at that time, that no criminal charges would be filed, however, the victim was told by the responding officer that she may have grounds for a civil case.
The victim then contacted Bagley a month later, at which time he says he opened an investigation.
Among the tasks that were allegedly done for the victim was the replacement of a sumppump in the victim’s basement after flooding had occurred.
Bagley in the statement said he tested the pump himself and determined that it did not work and noted that it may have been installed wrong.
In addition the victim contracted with the company to repair water damage to an upstairs bedroom and a second repair job in the basement after a second flood.
The report says the total charges for all three visits totaled $8,200. Upon review of the material, the report says that Bagley determined that he needed to seek more than one opinion.
The report says that Richmond Community Development Director Lisa Hastings and co-worker Danny Miller examined the work and determined the pump had been installed wrong and against city code.
Bagley then sought an estimate and evaluation of the work completed from another local construction firm. That company determined that the costs were, “outrageous” and said the work could be completed for about $3,000.