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Additional Charges Filed in Tree-Trimming Scam


11/20/2013 by Brennan Matherne
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced additional charges have been filed on a man who allegedly scammed several residents out of hundreds of dollars with the promise of trimming trees on their properties. Howard James Sevin (W/M, D.O.B. 06/03/80) of 134 Morris Porche Lane in Gray has been charged with several counts of Exploitation of the Infirmed and Theft of the Assets of an Aged Person.

Sevin was arrested in Tangipahoa Parish last month after detectives had acquired several warrants for his arrest based on four separate incidents where Sevin arrived at homes in Lafourche Parish offering to trim trees on the property at a discounted fee to the resident. In each case, Sevin collected money prior to completing the job and then left the site telling the property owner he was leaving to retrieve additional equipment. Sevin never returned to any of the sites. Following his arrest on October 21, Sevin was booked with two counts of Theft of Assets of an Aged Person, two counts of Theft, and Contempt of Court. He was also found to have similar theft warrants in Terrebonne Parish.

Since that time, several additional victims came forward resulting in additional charges. Sevin was targeting the elderly with these scams, as most of the victims are over the age of 70 years. In total, Sevin has now been booked with seven (7) counts of Exploitation of the Infirmed, four (4) counts of Theft of Assest of an Aged Person, two counts of Theft and Contempt of Court. He remains at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where his bond in Lafourche Parish is set at $145,500. He is also being held for Terrebonne Parish where warrants have set his bond at an additional $37,000, and he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.