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Pelham man charged with cheating elderly Nashua resident

Nashua police finished an eight-month investigation by charging a homeless man with cheating an elderly woman and her disabled daughter out of thousands of dollars.

Police were contacted Jan. 13 by a resident who reported she and her daughter had written several checks for work to be done at their home and on a vehicle to Eric Oak, 33, of no fixed address, police said. The Nashua police arrest log lists Oak as living at 18 Mercury Lane, Apt. B, Pelham. ...

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Nashua police finished an eight-month investigation by charging a homeless man with cheating an elderly woman and her disabled daughter out of thousands of dollars.

Police were contacted Jan. 13 by a resident who reported she and her daughter had written several checks for work to be done at their home and on a vehicle to Eric Oak, 33, of no fixed address, police said. The Nashua police arrest log lists Oak as living at 18 Mercury Lane, Apt. B, Pelham.

Police said Oak had taken the checks for work on the HVAC system in the woman’s home but never completed the work. He is also accused of taking possession of the woman’s car, which he told her needed repairs, along with $1,500 for the repairs. He transferred the vehicle’s ownership to his wife via a fraudulent bill of sale, police said.

Also, he accepted more than $1,000 from the woman to replace a fixture in her home, but again didn’t complete the work, police said.

Oak is charged with two counts of theft by deception-consolidated, a Class A felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, plus fines. He also is charged with theft by misapplication of property and a third theft by deception, Class B felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison, and two misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification, police said. Oak was held overnight on $15,000 cash or surety bail pending his arraignment Friday at Nashua district court, police said.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).