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Chris Gibbs Sentenced To Three Years for Scam Against Elderly Man
August 24, 2011

A multi-state scam ring targeting the elderly was dealt a blow Tuesday when Judge Charles Pater sentenced Chris Gibbs to 3 years in prison for his role in defrauding elderly residents in Butler County. With the assistance of West Chester Detective James Thomas, Assistant Prosecutor Susan Schultz was able to prosecute Gibbs as one of a group of individuals who knock on the doors of Ohio and Kentucky elderly residents, convincing them their home and/or yards were in need of repairs or improvements, and collecting payment in advance for work that is unnecessary and never completed. Gibbs deceived an elderly Butler County man of more than $18,000 by misrepresenting the need for residential tree repairs and landscaping work.

“Our office will pursue these scam artists to the fullest extent of the law” said Prosecutor Michael T. Gmoser. “We will not tolerate crimes against the elderly. Our seniors have worked hard all their lives and do not deserve to have it all taken away by lazy thieves who prey on unsuspecting, trusting individuals. Ms. Schultz did an excellent job bringing Chris Gibbs to justice.”

Last week, the Greene County Grand Jury indicted Gibbs on 7 counts in connection with this scam against the elderly.

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