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Unlicensed contractor sentenced to prison for financial elder abuse

A man who authorities say preyed on more than a dozen victims has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison for financial elder abuse.

Patrick R. Murphy, 60, pleaded no contest to four counts of elder financial abuse and an enhancement acknowledging a pattern of fraud resulting in a loss of more than $500,000, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Monday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jaime Roman.

The case initially was submitted by the Contractors State License Board, charging Murphy with acting as an unlicensed contractor. An investigation by Denise Phillips, an investigator with the DA’s Office, found a systematic pattern of elder financial abuse.

Prosecutors said Murphy targeted senior citizens he met from doing small construction jobs and repairs at their homes. Once the initial jobs were completed, he quickly added jobs that grew in costs far exceeding the value of the work that was done. In several instances, authorities said, payments were repeatedly made for the same work.

Murphy also borrowed money from some victims, which he failed to repay, authorities said

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