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Hagerstown man arrested in connection with construction fraud

David W. Lawson has signed a waiver to be returned to Loudoun County, Va.

May 23, 2012

A Hagerstown man has been arrested in connection with a fraud case in which property owners in Loudoun County, Va., did not get landscaping services they paid for, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

David W. Lawson, 35, was being held without bond Wednesday night in the Washington County Detention Center, according to a jail spokesman.

Lawson has signed a waiver to be returned to Loudoun County, and officials there have until June 22 to pick him up, the spokesman said.

Lawson was arrested in Washington County on Tuesday after Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained warrants on six counts of construction fraud and one count of obtaining money by false pretenses, according to a news release.

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Victims in the case all identified Dave’s Lawn Service as the company they hired with in a prepaid contract for various services on properties in Raspberry Falls, River Creek and the Wild Meadow Court area of Ashburn, the release said.

In some cases, the contractor never started the work, the release said.

Police began investigating in April after receiving complaints from the community, the release said.

Investigators determined that there was $15,000 in losses to property owners.

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