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Date of Issue: October 04, 2007

Man charged with fraud

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Clyde Thomas Fretwell

Holmes Beach resident Clyde Thomas Fretwell, 52, has been charged by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies with scheme to defraud, exploition of the elderly, grand theft of more than $100,000 and failure to pull property permits in what has been described as a home repair scheme that lasted five years.

Fretwell, according to reports, told the victim, age 84, that she needed extensive work done on her home in the 5400 block of 17th Avenue West in Bradenton. Deputies described the work done as “substandard.”

The woman had to re-mortgage her home nine times between 2001 and 2006, and her mortgage went from $39,000 to the current $303,000.

She has put her home up for sale, according to reports.

Fretwell was with Arbor Building Corp. of Palmetto.