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Elderly Joplin couple says they lost their life savings to contractor fraud

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An elderly Joplin couple whose home was effected by last years tornado says they have been victimized yet again, this time by their contractor.

The couple alleges that Nixa contractor, Terry Parker, stole their life savings after agreeing to fix damages on their home.

Harold Barr's home was damaged by the tornado and says Parker sought him out and told him he would repair the damages.

Barr tell us he and Parker made a verbal agreement that the repairs would be done for what the insurance company would pay, which was around $60,000.

Barr says over the nine months Parker worked on his home he allegedly stole around $170,000 total, electronically and through forgery.

Parker now has federal indictment charges pending against him that could force him to pay a $73,000 restitution.

Although Parker is behind bars for now, Barr says it doesn't make up for the thousands of dollars he stole and repairs that still need to be fixed.

"They tell me that if they order the restitution that he doesn't have to pay as long as he is in jail and they may give him as much as a 20 year pay plan if he ever gets out," says Barr.  "I'm 84 years old.  That doesn't mean much to me.  My wife will be 90 next month."

Parker has been indicted by a federal grand jury for fraud and remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

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