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Man who tricked woman out of money sentenced

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 1:34am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Virginia man who admitted to tricking a memory-impaired woman out of more than $170,000 for home improvements that were not performed has been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison.

Fifty-two-year-old James F. Butler of Culpeper had pleaded guilty to theft of a senior citizen in November. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the woman, who was 93 when the crime was committed, at sentencing on Monday.

According to court documents, Butler obtained the money over a 3-month period. Prosecutors say he told the woman, who lived alone in Washington, she owed him money for work that was not done.

Authorities say on some occasions, Butler would have her write him multiple checks on the same day, knowing that she did not remember having paid him.

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