Manassas man admits duping seniors, banks out of nearly $1 million

A Manassas man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to bank fraud in connection with a long-running scheme to defraud three senior citizens and their banks out of about $944,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria said.

Larry Carlton Henderson, 49, entered the plea in U.S. District Court.

He befriended three senior citizens he knew suffered from “diminished mental capacity” and charged them too much money for home repairs and yard work he never performed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He also borrowed money from them under false pretenses.

“Henderson then persuaded these individuals to obtain bank loans, with his assistance, by lying to bank officials about the purpose of the loans and his relationship with the victims,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a written statement. “Henderson then used the proceeds for his personal use.”

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema scheduled a sentencing hearing for April 5, where Henderson will face up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and restitution to the victims.

“This case is especially egregious because the victims were so vulnerable,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said in the statement.

Henderson has been convicted in Prince William County of five misdemeanor charges of obtaining money by false pretenses, court records show.

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