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Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Ironton police have arrested a Coal Grove man in connection with an alleged scam involving three elderly residents.

Rodney D. Williams, 38, who lists two addresses, one at 104 North St., Coal Grove and one in Newark, was charged Friday with three counts of theft by deception. He was arraigned Monday in Ironton Municipal Court.

He is accused of going to the homes of three elderly Ironton residents and offering to perform repairs on their houses. But police allege that once he obtained money from them, he did not perform the work.

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In one incident, Williams allegedly went with one of his victims to the bank so she could cash a check to give him money. The bank surveillance videotape was instrumental in Williams' identification and apprehension, Ironton Police Detective Capt. Jim Carey said.

Carey said the three residents lost a total of $700. One victim alone lost $500.

"Anybody who takes advantage of the elderly deserves whatever they get," Carey said. "I'm happy for (the victims)."

One more person is being sought in connection with this scam.