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Tree Work Scam Targets Vienna Elderly Residents

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Police say Daniel Leake and Winfred Marks were arrested after allegedly conning an elderly resident to write two checks as payment for tree work and home repairs. The two men never actually completed any work.

Bill Murray, with the Vienna Police Department, says scams like these target Vienna's large population of elderly residents and usually involve crooks contacting homeowners under the pretense of offering simple yard work services.

"Then while they're up on the roof, they'll say, 'Oh there's something wrong with your house.' Unfortunately our residents are too trusting," Murray says.

The two men accused in this latest scam are scheduled to appear in Fairfax County court on March 30 for obtaining money by false pretenses. In the meantime, police are looking for anyone with information on this case.

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