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More victims of pest control contract scam sought by Hernando investigators

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County authorities are looking for more victims of a fired pest control salesman who, investigators say, kept on working and pocketed the money.

Luis Angel Roman, 41, lost his job selling service contracts for A-1 Pest Control in July, but continued to work under the company's name, according to the Sheriff's Office. The Spring Hill resident convinced several customers to sign costly contracts to get rid of Formosan "super" termites, then cashed the checks himself, investigators say.

Victims signed the contracts expecting technicians to show up later, said Detective Irene Gray. One victim signed six contracts totaling $13,365. The scheme was discovered when the son of a victim called A-1 and learned that Roman no longer worked there.

Roman was arrested last week and charged with two counts of grand theft. He was released from the Hernando County Detention Center after posting $4,000 bail, records show.

Anyone who suspects they might have been one of Roman's victims is asked to call Gray, (352) 797-3718 or send an email to igray@hernandosheriff.org. A-1 customers who want to confirm their contract is valid are encouraged to call the business.

More victims of pest control contract scam sought by Hernando investigators 09/04/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 8:34pm]
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