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Two charged with scamming elderly woman

Posted December 21, 2009

— A second man has been charged with scamming more than $20,000 from an elderly woman, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Paul Farence III, 51, of 2007 Rottingham Court in Fayetteville, was arrested on Monday.

John Calvin Butler Jr., 40, of 2525 Dasher Lane in Fayetteville, was arrested earlier this month.

Detectives said both men allegedly claimed they had been hired to do maintenance work around the victim’s home and were never paid. They also claimed to be physicians and demanded the victim pay hundreds of dollars for medical attention she never received.

Investigators say the scam occurred between May and June of this year.

The men face 14 counts each of exploitation of an elderly adult, obtaining property by false pretenses and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.

Farence was being held under a $140,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday. Butler is being held under a $7,000 bond.

Farence is expected to make a first court appearance on Tuesday.


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  • BraveHeart Dec 22, 2009

    what can you say??? put them in with the sex offenders at central prison

  • Tin Nutt Dec 22, 2009

    These guys look kind of dicey, but remember that there are lots of nicely dressed, clean-shaven financial specialists from large household-name companies that will be glad to help themselves to your elderly relatives life savings via insurance and financial products and they won't break any laws in doing so.

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  • LaLa Dec 22, 2009

    Throw the book at 'em!!!

  • Bilbo Dec 22, 2009

    Rotten. Doesn't matter to the story, but the story says John Calvin Butler Jr. is 40. Look at the picture. I hope WRAL got the age wrong. This guy looks more like 50. I'll be 40 in a short time, and when I look in the mirror I'm seeing a much younger face!

  • ncguy Dec 22, 2009

    Just as bad as pedophiles in my book!