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Deputies: Man scammed Pittsford couple out of more than $125K

WHECTV
Updated: October 08, 2019 09:36 PM
Created: October 08, 2019 10:31 AM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Rochester man is facing felony charges after he allegedly scammed an elderly Pittsford couple out of more than $125,000. 

Deputies arrested 35-year-old Stephen Butler on Oct. 3 on charges of grand larceny and identity theft.

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Between December 2017 and March 2019, Butler allegedly received $119,323 for home repairs and renovations from the couple.

Butler is also accused of using the couple's credit card for his own personal use between November 2018 and March 2019, totaling $6,273. Deputies said the credit card was intended to buy repair and renovation supplies.

"It was actually the bank that contacted us," said Sergeant John Watson of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, "Citizens Bank contacted us given the large amounts of withdrawals from the account, [and] that created an investigation with Lifespan and us (MCSO), so working in correlation we determined that just about all the repairs that were paid for were never actually completed."

Investigators determined that little to no work was ever completed, including repairs that were allegedly made to the couple's vehicles.

Butler was arraigned and released on his recognizance. An order of protection was issued to one of the victims, but deputies said the second victim has since passed away. 


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