A Longport contractor was sentenced to six years in prison Friday for defrauding an elderly visually impaired Ventnor woman of thousands of dollars for home repairs, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.

Robert A. Hibbert, 51, must serve three years before his is eligible for parole.

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The family of the victim, Mildred Swartz, 87, contacted the Prosecutor’s Office in 2008, alleging he wrongfully charged her thousands in home repairs. He was indicted April 28, 2011.

Hibbert pleaded guilty to third-degree theft by deception last August, three days into a jury trial. At trial, Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer presented expert testimony and evidence that Hibbert received more than $83,000 for repairs the expert said were worth about $3,200.

A third-degree crime normally carries a three- to five-year prison sentence, but under the plea agreement, Hibbert was sentenced as a second-degree offender, which carries a maximum of 10 years.

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