Haines City pastor charged with exploiting elderly woman for over $35,000

Polk County

Haines City PD

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Haines City pastor was arrested Friday and charged with exploiting an elderly woman with visual, hearing, and mobility impairments for more than $35,000.

Rolon is a senior pastor at Calvary First Assembly church in Haines City, according to police.

The Haines City Police Department said Abner Anibal Rolon, 46, presented himself as a contractor to an 85-year-old woman who needed home repairs done so she could sell her home. Police said he gave her a business card back in June for “A Servant’s Hand” that presented himself as a contractor licensed to perform a number of services.

“Each time he showed up while the caretaker was not present. He would bombard the woman and insist that in order for the woman to sell the home, she needed more services done,” said Mike Ferguson, public information officer, Haines City Police Department.

Courtesy Haines City Police

According to Haines City police, the wiring on the water heater pictured above is improperly installed.

“Where you see the relief valve switch, there should be a pipe that runs down to the pan on the bottom,” said Ferguson.

Police say Rolon is not a licensed contractor, and incorrectly installed light fixtures, electrical work, windows, ceiling fans, and a water heater at her home. The Haines City Building Division and Code Compliance unit said all the work needed to be redone.

Additionally, police said Rolon charged the woman for roof and porch repairs that weren’t even made.

Police said Rolon sent the victim six bills between July and September totaling $36,440.

A warrant was issued for Rolon early last week and he turned himself in on Friday.

8 On Your Side left Rolon a voicemail on Tuesday but has not heard back.

“To take advantage of an elderly woman trying to sell her home and to this extent is simply unconscionable,” Chief Jim Elensky said. “We should be able to rely on our local pastors to serve as community leaders — not lying, stealing and taking advantage of people.”

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