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Davenport Man Poses as Contractor to Exploit 85-Year-Old Victim

HAINES CITY, FL – The Haines City Police Department is searching for a Davenport man, who exploited an 85-year-old woman with physical impairments for more than $35,000.

Abner Anibal Rolon, 46, is being charged with scheming to defraud in the amount of more than $20,000, exploitation of the elderly and presenting himself as a contractor without a license. Rolon sent the victim six different bills totaling $36,440 between July and September for work done illegally and incorrectly on her home.

The victim, who has mobility, hearing and vision impairments, was given a business card for “A Servant’s Hand” by Rolon in June that stated he was licensed to perform a number of services, including electrical, roofing, plumbing and flooring. The victim, who has a caretaker, was looking for roofing and flooring repairs to be made in order to sell her Haines City home.

Rolon would make trips to the home while the caretaker was away and would insist that the victim needed more of his services to sell the home quickly.

Rolon would bombard the woman until she paid the bills for services. She told detectives she feared she would be unable to sell the house without the performed services.

An inspection of the house by the Code Compliance unit found that Rolon had incorrectly installed light fixtures, ceiling fans, an electrical circuit box with rewiring and a water heater. The victim was charged for porch and roof repairs, which did not appear to be done.

The city’s Building Division found that windows were improperly installed. The victim thought that Rolon pulled permits to perform the work, but he never did.

Through further investigation, detectives determined that Rolon was not licensed for general contracting nor electrical work. His company is neither registered nor insured.

Rolon is currently at-large. Anyone who may know his whereabouts or has been a victim of Rolon is asked to contact Detective Paul Francisco at 863-421-3636, ext. 2236. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, submit a tip to Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.p3tips.com.

“This was an elderly woman needing to sell her home and this suspect targeted and exploited her for all that he could,” Chief Jim Elensky said. “To stoop to a level this low is outrageous, reprehensible and disgusting.”

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