Contractor Fraud Targets Elderly

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 11:28 a.m. July 10, 2015

A man posing as a legitimate contractor, who allegedly swindled an elderly woman out of thousands of dollars over a three-year period, has been charged.

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Matteo De-Paola, 66, faces fraud charges

The 77-year-old woman paid over $25,000 for renovation work to her home between June 2012 and May 2015.

“No work was ever done to the home and I suspect the amount she paid is higher,” said Detective Constable Jennifer Rae, of 31 Division. “On every occasion that she paid him, he would keep coming back saying he needed more money to buy material. When she told him she didn’t have any more money to give him, he would stay away for a month and then come back. He even tried to entice her into an investment scheme.”

Police were alerted of the fraud by the woman’s daughter. The accused speaks only Italian.

Matteo De Paolo, who has operated in the past under Paveland Paving Inc., M. DePaolo General Contractor Paving and A & M De Paolo General Contracting Paving, appeared in court on June 24.

Rae believes there may be other victims and is asking them to contact police.

She alleges the man has been soliciting door-to-door for his services.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Rae at 416-808-3107, Detective Constable Erwin Mendoza at 416-808-3189; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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