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'Landscapers' take advantage of 89-year-old man with dementia

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They hacked up trees. Gashes, stumps, and knobs were left on matured trees. They hacked up trees. Gashes, stumps, and knobs were left on matured trees.
Germantown homeowner Katherine Snider's 89-year-old father's bank account is in the red. Germantown homeowner Katherine Snider's 89-year-old father's bank account is in the red.
GERMANTOWN, TN -

(WMC) - A Mid-South daughter is looking to track down who is responsible for a landscaper scam.

Germantown homeowner Katherine Snider's 89-year-old father's bank account is in the red. Snider's father who suffers from dementia didn't question the men or think to call her for verification.

"Some men came to the door said they were here to work on the trees," she said. "They said it'd be $4,000. He went and wrote them a check, and they did this to my yard."

They hacked up trees. Gashes, stumps, and knobs were left on matured trees. They destroyed lighting and flower beds.

"My initial response was hysteria, and now I'm settling into the fact that I've been taken advantage of," said Katherine.

In hindsight, Katherine laments not taking the checkbook from her dad. But as his primary caregiver she hoped to help him keep some of his independence.

"I would hand him his little bills to the doctors, and say 'Here write this bill,' and then he would write his bill," said Katherine.

Katherine believes her home might have been targeted. She'd mentioned to a yard crew doing work in the area that she had an elderly father at home that she took care of.

Luckily for Katherine the bank has a copy of the check with a man's fingerprint on it and surveillance video of him. Neighbors also saw the men and their work truck.

"I actually was afraid someone might call and scam my dad, and I didn't think about someone coming to the front door so try and be aware," she said.

Katherine filed a report with Germantown police on Friday.

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