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Bail increased to $100,000 in vacation home scam case

Patriot Ledger staff

Bail was increased to $100,000 for former Plymouth resident, Dennis Drummond, who is accused of ripping off consumers in vacation home scams.

Drummond was arraigned Thursday in New Bedford Superior Court on charges of larceny over $250, larceny over $250 from someone older than 60 or disabled and failure to appear in court.

He had been held on $75,000 bail in New Bedford District Court on similar charges, but the felony charges in Superior Court carry sentences of up to 20 years.

Drummond is facing only a handful of criminal charges, but in 2005, a Suffolk Superior Court judge entered a default judgment against him in a consumer-fraud case brought by then-Attorney General Thomas Reilly's office.

He was ordered to pay $1.3 million, including nearly $400,000 restitution. Lawyers for Reilly charged that Drummond cheated nearly 80 people out of money or vacation home deeds they had turned over to him in an effort to trade their properties.

Drummond, who last lived in Massachusetts on College Pond Road in Plymouth, was arrested in North Carolina in July on a fugitive warrant and returned to the Bay State after leaving at least two years ago. He repeatedly failed to appear at court hearings on the criminal charges and civil complaints against him.