Jonathan Marshall and Steve Settle sentenced for roofing scam
As she left court Tuesday, Nancy Bennett was satisfied justice had been served to the two men who took advantage of her father. Jonathan Marshall and Steve Settle swindled thousands of dollars from Bennett's then 88-year-old father.
The duo was sentenced to prison Tuesday. Marshall was sentenced to five years behind bars with five years probation, while Settle was sentenced to one and half years in jail with five years probation.
Both men will have to pay the Bennett family restitution.
Bennett's father, who is now 90-years-old and suffers from dementia, was told his roof needed repairs, but the roof didn't need any fixing.
"The reality is, at best, the roof was probably a $7,000 project. We're talking about $60,000 at least that was taken from this gentleman for essentially next to nothing being done," explained Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy.
The state says the men conspired to overcharge him.
Bennett added, "The gentlemen continued to come back, collected more and more money, wrote multiple invoices for the same thing."
If it weren't for the employees at her father's bank, Bennett says, Marshall and Settle would have never been caught. The workers at Signal Financial Federal Credit Union noticed Mr. Bennett was withdrawing large amounts of money from his account. The bank has a policy to track suspicious account activity.
"We knew it wasn't...it was something that was not normal," said Anna Vazzana, who works at Signal Financial Federal Credit Union.
A law took effect in Maryland this month that holds financial institutions responsible for telling police and prosecutors about unusual withdrawals from an account belonging to someone over the age of 65. If they fail to report the activity, the bank could face a penalty of up to $5,000.
"I can't emphasize enough how important this was in my dad's case that the people at his credit union were involved," Nancy said. "There are people who have to rely on others to help them out. So I think it's crucial."