- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Six people have pleaded guilty in a construction fraud scheme in the Fayetteville area.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1Oa0ajh) that the scheme defrauded about 20 area residents out of nearly $700,000 last year.

Investigators say a Robert House Jr. hired five convicted felons to work for his business, R & D Construction, which went around neighborhoods soliciting home repair work.

All six people were charged with multiple counts of exploiting the elderly, obtaining property under false pretense and conspiracy. Their sentences ranged from three years of probation up to 11 years in prison.

Investigators said the fraud ring was part of a larger operation that targeted senior citizens throughout central North Carolina.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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