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Spring Hill man surrenders in connection with alleged home repair scams

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill man wanted in connection with a string of alleged home repair scams on elderly citizens in Central Florida over the past three years surrendered Monday to Hernando County Sheriff's deputies.

According to a report, Nicholas Peter Stanko, 53, of 13097 Linzia Lane, remains in at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He faces one count of organized fraud in Hernando County; however, authorities said he faces similar charges elsewhere.

According to a sheriff's report, Stanko, who operated under the names of Stanko Paving, Stanko Masonry, or Robby's Concrete, would offer to do work for victims and advertised himself as licensed and insured. His last license expired in 2006, records show. He also gave a 10-year guarantee on his work.

Authorities said that one scheme in Hernando County involved driveway resurfacing, in which he would apply a mixture of latex paint and dry cement that would wash off shortly after the work was completed. Victims said Stanko refused to honor his warranty or issue refunds for the faulty work.

Authorities estimate the total loss to Hernando County victims to be about $38,000.

In April, Stanko was arrested in Pasco County, accused of performing fraudulent driveway surfacing for at least two elderly victims. Another person said he paid Stanko $3,500 for a patio construction job, but the work was never done.

In Polk County last year, Stanko was charged with 36 counts of unlawful solicitation.

Logan Neill can be reached at lneill@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1435.

Spring Hill man surrenders in connection with alleged home repair scams 05/17/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 17, 2010 7:18pm]

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