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State investigators: Plumber duped customers

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A local plumber is under arrest and accused of ripping people off. State investigators say on several occasions Timothy Sexton pressured people into getting repairs they didn't need.

The Department of Financial Services says he used scare tactics and even flat out lies to get people to spend thousands of extra dollars.

Some were told their pipes had been overrun by roots, and if the repairs weren't made, their home was in danger of collapsing.

"Being in the predicament that your house is all wet, you've got four children and a wife, and you're trusting somebody to fix it so you can move back in – I was rather disgusted," said Frank Stein, who fell victim.

Sexton now faces up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted. If you think you've been ripped off, state insurance fraud investigators want to hear from you.

You can call 1-800-378-0445.

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