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02/02/07 07-014

02/02/07 07-014

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
PRESS RELEASE


February 02, 2007
07-014


Subject:

Suspect In Home Repair Scam That Targeted Seniors Pleads Guilty


A suspect who targeted elderly San Francisco residents in a two home repair scams totaling $50,000 pled guilty in court last Tuesday, January 26. Efram  Pudgy Miller, 44, was sentenced to five years in state prison for elder financial abuse.

Miller posed as a licensed contractor who approached elderly residents after noticing minor repairs needed on their homes and convincing them to contract with him for repairs. Two victims, one in the Richmond District and the other in the Sunset, each paid Miller $25,000 for repairs that were unnecessary and described by an industry expert as substandard.

San Francisco Police arrested Miller on December 3, 2004 after Inspector Robert Lee of the Fraud Section conducted an extensive investigation.

The San Francisco Police Department is grateful to the District Attorney's Office role in Miller's prosecution, with particular thanks to Assistant District Attorney Elliot Beckelman.

For more information, please contact:

Lieutenant Kenwade Lee

Fraud Section

553-1521



850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229
email:sfpdpbaf@pacbell.net

Last updated: 9/28/2009 5:11:00 PM