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A North Tonawanda contractor accused of bilking several homeowners and two Buffalo lumber companies to the tune of $6,824 between February and August 1993 was named in an open indictment on a charge of first-degree scheme to defraud and three counts each of grand larceny and petit larceny Thursday by a Niagara County grand jury.

Patrick M. Taggart, 34, of 148 17th Ave. will be arraigned Monday, court sources said.

He is accused of a "systematic ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud . . . and to obtain property . . . from more than one person by false or fraudulent pretenses," according to the indictment. Six homeowners claimed they gave Taggart down payments ranging from $2,600 to $450. Also, Taggart is accused of ordering lumber and materials from Crown Wholesale Lumber Co. and Wicker Lumber Co., both of Buffalo, and failure to pay or complete the work.

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