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TROY, MO (KTVI) – A Hannibal man faces felony charges after police claim he took money from an 88-year-old woman for construction work he never finished.

Prosecutors accused Michael Rickey of taking $8,500 from the victim and never completing a concrete parking area in front of her home in Hawk Point, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, their investigation covers over $27,000 worth of payments the victim made; all for work that was shoddy and overpriced.

Rickey, 47, was charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person and remains in custody at Lincoln County Jail on a $30,000 cash-only bond. He’d been on probation for an identical crime.

The crimes began with roof repairs in August. On six occasions, the 88-year-old victim wrote checks for specific jobs to men who knocked on her door.

Rickey allegedly promised to install an 11x100 foot concrete parking area in front of the victim’s home, but that never happened. He told investigators it would be asphalt and admitted he had overcharged her.

"This individual we have in custody has been featured in multiple news reports and articles over the last several years for exploiting the elderly, primarily in pavement scams,” said Lt. Andy Binder, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Lt. Binder urged families to check with elderly relatives to be sure they were not being taken advantage of. However, if they have been, he urged them to report the crime to authorities.