Male billed with house improvement fraud in Blackford County
HARTFORD City, Ind. — A Huntington male who was compensated $62,000 for a property renovation challenge in Blackford County now faces 4 felony expenses following allegedly failing to do that get the job done.
Kortney Lee Elzey, 35, was billed past 7 days in Blackford Circuit Courtroom with two counts each individual of dwelling enhancement fraud and theft.
He also is accused of failing to set up siding and a new roof on a Hartford City property right after accepting $14,000 to start out that venture.
Two of the charges ended up Degree 5 felonies carrying up to 6 decades in prison.
According to court documents, do the job on the very first neighborhood accuser’s dwelling, together Blackford County Road 500-E, was commenced but then hardly ever completed.
A sheriff’s deputy wrote it appeared the get the job done performed to date “was done unprofessionally or just not performed suitable.”
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The investigation leading to final week’s costs began in mid-December.
The property owner stated Elzey had “stopped all get the job done to her home and keeps offering her excuses.” She claimed he had consistently referred to the COVID-19 pandemic to clarify why get the job done wasn’t continuing on the job.
On Jan. 8, a Hartford City couple advised deputies they had paid out Elzey a $14,000 down payment in November, to put new siding and a new roof on their home together East Grant Street.
The Huntington man by no means began get the job done on that venture, they said.
Elzey was also charged with house advancement fraud and theft in Huntington Superior Courtroom on Friday.
Previous August, he was convicted of a few counts of household improvement fraud, and a single rely of theft, in the identical court.
The previous Hartford City resident also has been convicted of examine deception (6 occasions) and driving although intoxicated (4 situations).
Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Call him at 765-213-5851 or at [email protected].