“A retired teacher and recent widow lost a significant chunk of her income to a renewable energy executive who promised to build a solar farm on property she owned in North Carolina, according to federal court documents.
But he never developed the property, prosecutors said, and he took the money for himself, using the woman as his “personal piggy bank.”.
David Pharr, 46, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to mail fraud last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a news release. He was also ordered to pay $228,340 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.
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Fowler, Hayley. The News and Observer 18 March 2021.