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Alleged scam artist who preys on seniors charged [CANTON, IL]

Vacuum cleaner scheme

LEWISTOWN -- Thomas Schierer, 37, of East Peoria, was arrested Feb. 9 on charges of financial exploitation of an elderly person, theft by deception, harassment through electronic communications, and violation of the Transient Merchant Act.

Schierer appeared in court Feb. 10, and bond was set at $25,000. He posted bond. His next court date is at 2 p.m. March 24 for a preliminary hearing.

Following an investigation by Canton Police Department, Assistant State's Attorney William Loeffel obtained a warrant for violation of the Transient Merchant Act, a class B misdemeanor, on Dec. 22. The information alleges Schierer conducted business as a transient merchant, selling Kirby "vacuum cleaners and cleaning services ... without first obtaining a license from the City of Canton."

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Posted on February 26, 2004 at 03:35 PM | Permalink

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