Family Faces Fraud Charges

The longtime owners of a family pest control business in Pensacola face racketeering charges after customers complained their homes were improperly treated for termites.

Assistant State Attorney Russ Edgar says investigators found the family used methanol and water to dilute their chemicals, resulting in termite infestations.

He says the investigation expanded after search warrants were served on several family businesses in May 2003. Also, the family underreported payroll to reduce workers compensation premiums and paid some employees off the books.

Arrested were Billy Killingsworth, his wife and two sons. All were released on $10,000 bonds.

In an e-mail statement, one of the sons thanked his longtime customers and employees for their loyalty.

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