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Man who scammed elderly in Hernando gets probation

BROOKSVILLE — A Port Charlotte man arrested for grand theft and exploiting the elderly reached an agreement with prosecutors Thursday that will spare him jail time.

John Brian Norman, 43, pleaded no contest to two charges of grand theft and received a combined 10 years probation. He also was ordered to never again seek employment as a salesman in Hernando County.

Norman was accused of defrauding two elderly clients in a meat sales scheme. His arrest was one of many made by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office after it dedicated a detective solely to these types of crimes late last year.

In one case, investigators allege that Norman took advantage of an elderly Spring Lake man with dementia. The man lived on a ranch with 80 head of cattle but Norman managed to sell him $20,000 in meat and sometimes double-billed him. Investigators identified $8,353 in questionable payments that Norman must pay back to his former customer.

In the other case, Norman made promises to an elderly Spring Hill woman only to bilk her by cashing an unauthorized $3,100 check. As part of his plea deal, he must return that money as well.

Man who scammed elderly in Hernando gets probation 04/25/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2008 10:19am]
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