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Ky. man sentenced for scamming Scott County residents

November 27th, 2013 9:20 pm by Wes Bunch

Ky. man sentenced for scamming Scott County residents

GATE CITY — A Kentucky man was sentenced to a year in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a pair of scams, including one that bilked a 91-year-old woman out of $1,000 she paid him in 2011 to build an accessibility ramp to her bathroom.

Harold Curtis Chaney, 31, of Pikeville, Ky., was given a six-year sentence with five years suspended after pleading guilty in August 2013 to two counts of obtaining more than $200 by false pretenses.

Chaney was also ordered to pay a total of $6,000 in restitution to his victims in payments of $150 per month, in addition to being given supervised probation and community service.

The second charge against Chaney stemmed from another scam he carried out in early 2011 in Scott County that involved a payment of approximately $4,940 for a bathroom remodeling job he was hired to complete.

During his sentencing hearing, Chaney apologized to his victims and told the court he had used the money to support a Xanax habit.

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