NEW PORT RICHEY — A 48-year-old man was arrested on charges that he took hundreds of dollars from an elderly woman without performing the repairs he promised.
Dale Allen Hall told the 81-year-old woman that her water softener needed to be repaired, and he took two payments of $200 but never returned to do the work, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Hall claimed to work for A1 Water Conditioning Service, which does not appear to be an active business, the report said.
The deputy investigating the Holiday woman's complaint found four previous cases — dating back to 1997 — in which Hall allegedly took money for work on water softening systems but never performed the repairs. The victims ranged in age from 73 to 86.
Hall, who had been locked out of his room at the Green Key Beach Motel at 6434 U.S. 19 for failing to pay his rent, was arrested Wednesday on a charges of scheme to defraud and violating his probation. He remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.