One arrested, another sought in home improvement scheme
One man has been arrested and Montgomery County police are searching for another in connection with a home improvement scam investigators believe netted the suspects more than $500,000 for work they never did, authorities said Tuesday.
Mario Ramirez-Cadenas, 25, who has no fixed address, was picked up by police in Wichita, Kansas, on a separate domestic violence charge, and he is now awaiting extradition to Montgomery County to face charges for the fraud there, authorities said.
Police are still searching for the man they believe is his co-conspirator, Leslie Alberto Irias, 39, of Leesburg, authorities said.
The scheme dates back to November 2006, when they entered into a contract with a 55-year-old Wheaton woman to tear down her house and build a new one, authorities said.
The woman paid the men $90,000, and then they and their construction company vanished without doing any work, police said. Investigators believe they might have performed the same scheme elsewhere in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia, netting themselves more than $500,000, authorities said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police’s financial crimes section at 240-773-6330.
December 30, 2009; 10:10 AM ET
Categories: Matt Zapotosky , Montgomery | Tags: Leslie Alberto Irias, Mario Ramirez-Cadenas, home improvement
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