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Ville Platte man accused of swindling elderly woman

Posted: 2:14 PM, Apr 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-24 15:14:12-04

Ville Platte Police have arrested a man who was taking advantage of an older woman’s memory problems to force her to pay him for yard work he didn’t do.

Howard Belton, 58, was booked with exploitation of the infirm. 

Belton is accused of repeatedly demanding money from an older lady for lawn work he never did – or was already paid for. The lady had trouble remember if she owed him any money, so every time he showed up demanding money she would pay him, Police Chief Neal Lartigue said. 

The lady’s family became aware of the problem and notified authorities.  Detectives completed their investigation and arrested Belton.

Belton was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and then transferred to the Evangeline parish Jail on a $26,500.00 bond. 

Lartigue reminds residents to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Ville Platte Police Department by calling 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.