Affidavit: Lawn worker overcharged local woman by nearly $50,000

Lus Fuentes, Sr., (Jail photo)
Lus Fuentes, Sr., (Jail photo)(KXII)
Published: Jun. 28, 2018 at 1:10 PM CDT
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A Central Texas man indicted for theft over $30,000, but under $150,000 from an elderly individual overcharged a Belton woman by nearly $50,000, according to an affidavit released Thursday.

The Bell County Grand Jury handed up the indictment Wednesday against Lus Fuentes, Sr., who, the arrest affidavit says, is with L&J Lawn Service, which advertises a “senior discount.”

The victim’s son reported the theft in January.

The 87-year-old victim, who has dementia, signed a contract with the company for lawn services at an annual charge of $3,600, the affidavit says.

The woman, however, was charged a total of $76,145 over a period of seven years, the affidavit says.

The investigator determined that $3,600 annual fee was charged "multiple times a year with additional charges for unknown reasons," the affidavit says.

“In adding up the charges the total amount overpaid for contracted services from 2013 to 2018 was $47,345,” the affidavit says.