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Posted on: May 23, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Landscaping Fraud Suspect Apprehended in Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2012
C2012-005731/5734/6213


Contact: Liz Mills, Director of Media Relations and Communications, 571-251-5568 (mobile) [email protected]

Loudoun County, VA – An investigation into a landscaper fraud case has led to the arrest of a Maryland man for construction fraud.

The suspect, David W. Lawson, 35, of Hagerstown, MD, was apprehended in Washington County, MD, Tuesday, after detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for six counts of construction fraud (five felony charges) and one count of obtaining money by false pretenses.

The suspect is accused of offering yard work from Dave’s Lawn Service and required a prepaid contract for the services to be completed. In most of the cases the suspect never completed the work, or failed to even start. Recent cases have been reported in the Wild Meadow Court area of Ashburn, Raspberry Falls and River Creek.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the suspect in late April after receiving several complaints from the community. The investigation, including outreach to the community, uncovered numerous victims in Loudoun County, with approximately $15,000 in total losses to homeowners.

If you believe you were a victim of this suspect, you are asked to contact Detective J. Halley of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Lawson remains held in Maryland pending extradition.

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