Weekly Flush: Elderly Woman Conned Into Buying Nonexistent Septic System Replacement

Also in this week's septic-related news, a Wisconsin pumper truck driver is seriously injured after swerving to avoid an unlicensed driver and rolling over

Weekly Flush: Elderly Woman Conned Into Buying Nonexistent Septic System Replacement

An elderly woman was recently scammed out of $30,000 in Dewey, Arizona, after a man claimed he’d replaced her entire septic system while she was on a weeklong vacation.

The suspect was arrested in Flagstaff on suspicion of fraud and theft. He had showed up at the woman’s door and informed her that while she was gone he replaced her septic system and her bill was $67,000.

In a panic, the woman went to the bank and withdrew $12,500 in cash for the man. Two men came back the next day and she wrote them a check and authorized it for $17,500.

Her septic system hadn’t even been replaced.

A pumper truck driver from Portage County, Wisconsin, was seriously injured in a crash that also totaled the $250,000 truck.

According to a police report, a 31-year-old woman had crossed the centerline, forcing the driver of the septic truck to swerve off the road and rollover to avoid a head-on collision. The woman had no license or insurance and is now facing criminal charges.

The pumper truck driver had to be extricated and airlifted to a hospital, while the other driver was uninjured.

In other news, a 55-year-old man died after an accident while working on an onsite septic system at an elementary school in Concord, Massachusetts.

He was operating a flatbed truck with a crane when a mechanical failure caused constriction equipment to strike him, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

OSHA opened an investigation into the company to determine the cause of the man’s death.


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