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Man found guilty on two counts of exploitation of an elderly Fort Myers woman

Posted at 9:44 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 22:03:04-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. ---- A Fort Myers man is facing up to 10 years in prison after jurors found him guilty on two counts of exploitation of an elderly person. 

According to Lee County Sheriffs, John James Dunn, 37, went to an 80-year-old Fort Myers woman's home to sell her an air conditioning service on behalf of the company he worked for. At the time, the victim agreed to pay Dunn $3,000 to have her air conditioner refurbished and agreed to pay it through financing. 

The owner of the company went to the woman's home after realizing the victim didn't fully understand the contract and didn't want to take her money, in return, he canceled the contract and didn't charge her for any services. The owner, according to investigators, spoke with Dunn to tell him the contract was canceled and he wouldn't be receiving any commission money from it. 

Investigators say Dunn went back to the woman's home with a fake contract using a letterhead from an air conditioning company he worked for previously. He convinced the victim to go to the bank and withdraw $2,000 as payment on the fake contract. 

A month later, the woman's caregiver came to the victims home where they were introduced to Dunn. Investigators say Dunn introduced himself using the name of his deceased father. He then aggressively began demanding that the victim pay the alleged outstanding balance of $1,000 on the invoice. He left without getting the money. 

Dunn's suspicious activity was reported to law enforcement and the scam came to light following an investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. 

It took jurors two days to deliberate and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 24th.