SALEM, Mass. (AP) — An unlicensed home improvement contractor who left an elderly woman's home in ruins has pleaded guilty.

The Salem News reports that 49-year-old Jaime Ford's guilty pleas Monday to 42 charges including larceny, forgery, insurance fraud, and being a common and notorious thief came a week before his trial was scheduled to start. He faces up to four years in prison at sentencing in January.

Prosecutors say he charmed a Beverly octogenarian looking to update and expand her modest home and left behind a shell and piles of construction debris, including asbestos.

He also bilked an insurance company, which paid him worker's compensation benefits and covered a $100,000 operation for injuries that he claimed he'd suffered while working for his brother's demolition company.

Ford's attorney declined to comment after the hearing.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com