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Man gets three years for pest fraud

Published:   |   Updated: August 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

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BROOKSVILLE - Luis Angel Roman, 41, was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday for scamming elderly Hernando County residents into paying for pest control contracts.

Hernando Today previously reported that after Roman was fired from his exterminator job at A-1 Pest Control in Brooksville, he continued to sign up customers for pricey services.

Roman was charged with eight counts of grand theft by the State Attorney's Office. Assistant State Attorney Jason Smith said during the sentencing the State was seeking 60 months.

One victim, Grace McMillian, 78, sat in the gallery during the proceedings.

Roman's wife testified her husband was a good father, and told Smith she wasn't sure if they had been married yet or not back in 2001, when Roman was convicted of two counts of organized fraud.

Roman also testified, telling Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. he knew he "messed up" and "accepted responsibility," but also implicated his former employer before being cut off by Smith, who said there was no evidence of Roman's boss being in on the scam.

"All I did was sell contracts," Roman said, adding someone else performed the treatment.

Roman said he was committed to paying back the victims, and said he couldn't do that if he went to prison.

Merritt sentenced Roman to three years in prison, saying the "sanction could have been much worse."

Tony Holt contributed to this report.

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