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Handyman accused of bilking customers due back in court

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY — A Mocksville repairman accused of bilking customers out of thousands of dollars will be in Davie County court next month on three charges of felony obtaining property by false pretense.
John David Hodges, of Gladstone Road, has been in the Piedmont Correctional Institution since he pleaded guilty to two counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense, in exchange for the dismissal of five additional felonies in Rowan County in December.
Hodges is expected to be released next April.
A Salisbury Post investigation found several unhappy customers who claimed they were victims of a plumbing scam.
In October, deputies said the 40-year-old took nearly $20,000 from an 86-year-old Salisbury woman after Hodges told her she needed unnecessary repairs.
Hodges was charged with seven total felonies in Rowan County.
He is scheduled for court on June 4 in Davie County.
According to the plea deal, Hodges is not required to pay back victims as a part of the agreement.
“Any restitution will be handled through civil litigation,” the plea deal stated.
Hodges is expected to serve two consecutive nine to 11-month sentences. A phone call to the Davie County District Attorney’s Office was not immediately returned Thursday.
Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.

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