Man accused of taking money in lawn scheme

A Daytona Beach man accused of conning at least two people out of deposits in exchange for yard work was arrested Tuesday, authorities said.

Daniel William Seymour, 47, was charged with fraud, grand theft and petit theft.

The suspect is said to have offered yard services to two East Palatka residents in the last month and said he required a $200 deposit, according to a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office report.

In one case, the suspect claimed to have done yard work for one of the victims years ago, which the victim said she didn’t remember, the report said. The suspect asked for the money, saying his backhoe driver wouldn’t begin work unless she paid.

After the suspect was paid, he didn’t return any phone calls until after the victim left a message threatening to call law enforcement, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies had already arrested Seymour when another victim said the suspect visited his home March 28, offering to trim trees. 

Again, the suspect didn’t return phone calls, and when asked to see his insurance certificate, he didn’t provide one, authorities said.

Seymour has been in and out of Putnam County Jail since 2009. In 2012, he was arrested on fraud and larceny charges. 

Last year, he was arrested on several assault charges and three counts of fleeing law enforcement after taking deputies on a high-speed chase.

He was released in March but is still being tried on the assault and fleeing charges, according to court records. He’s being held in Putnam County Jail without bond.

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