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Man arrested in door-to-door vacuum selling scheme

Man arrested in door-to-door vacuum selling scheme

By Molly Waldron. CREATED May 1, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man accused of stealing from seniors in a door-to-door vacuum selling scheme was arrested on Monday.

The Nevada Attorney General says 48-year-old Gary Harvey faces several charges, including five counts of felony burglary and financial exploitation.

Harvey allegedly targeted senior citizens as he went door-to-door selling old, broken vacuums he claimed were brand new. 

The crimes reportedly happened in November and December of last year, when five Las Vegas residents were sold vacuums for $400 to $1220. All five victims later discovered their vacuums were not new or did not work. When they tried contacting Harvey for a refund, he could not be reached.

Action News talked to victims of Harvey's alleged scheme earlier this year.

Marylin Wilson said she paid $1,289 for her vacuum cleaner. Her son-in-law later took a look at it and realized it wasn't new at all. 

Frances Lewis said she wrote Harvey a check for $800, and he promised to deliver the vacuum cleaner the next day. That never happened. 

Our first investigation prompted more complaints from those who were targeted. Ken Norton and his wife, Sandie, said they bought a vacuum from Harvey before discovering he wasn't licensed to be selling door-to-door.

All along, victims said Harvey claimed to be selling new Kirby vacuum cleaners. The Kirby Company said Harvey was terminated in 2004 and not a licensed salesperson of their products. 

The Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Justice Fraud Unit investigated the case, which led to Harvey's arrest this week. 

The AG's office says Harvey could face up to 10 years in prison for each felony count and fines of more than $10,000 if convicted.

Harvey is set to be arraigned on May 2.