- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A North Shore contractor has been indicted on 78 counts including fraud to money laundering.

The Salem News (http://bit.ly/1TBsRsN ) reports that Jaime Ford, of Middleton, was indicted Wednesday, moving the case to Salem Superior Court. Prosecutors say he stole $200,000 from a senior and left her Beverly home in ruins.

Prosecutors say 16 people hired his companies for home-improvement projects that Ford was not licensed to perform. They say he claimed to be licensed but used other contractors’ identities to receive permits and forged their names on paperwork.

Prosecutors say he scammed homeowners in North Andover, Hudson, Westborough, Southborough, Cambridge, Stoneham, Lowell and Chelmsford.

His family previously posted his $7,500 bail. A Superior Court arraignment date has not been scheduled.

Ford’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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