Contractor sentenced to 36 months in jail for residence enchancment scams

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A Senecaville man convicted of 4 felony counts of theft for residence enchancment scams involving aged victims was not too long ago sentenced to 36 months in jail and ordered to pay restitution throughout a listening to within the Guernsey County Frequent Pleas Court docket.

Mark A. Murphy, 62, was convicted of the 4 fifth-degree felony offenses on Could 3 after getting into negotiated responsible pleas to the offenses stemming from two instances filed by the sheriff’s workplace.

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Murphy was sentenced to 18 months — 9 months for every conviction — in each instances with the 2 phrases to be served consecutively for the three-year jail time period.

The utmost jail sentence Murphy confronted for the convictions was 48 months. He was not given any credit score for time served whereas the case was pending.

The courtroom ordered Murphy to pay $11,860 in restitution to the a number of victims and all courtroom prices. No superb was imposed, in line with on-line data.

The sentencing listening to was performed on Nov. 10 after three earlier hearings on July 14, Aug. 27 and Sept. 23 had been continued on the request of the defendant.

The fees towards Murphy are the results of two separate indictments returned throughout separate grand jury classes in August and December of final yr.

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On Aug. 12, Murphy was indicted on two counts of theft for alleged crimes between Feb. 1 and July 24, 2020. He was indicted on the 2 extra theft prices on Dec. 15 for alleged crimes final October.

Guernsey County Sheriff Jeff Paden beforehand mentioned Murphy was given cash to do work on separate houses within the county however he didn’t do any work for a number of months.

The sheriff reminds residents they need to by no means give cash to a contractor previous to work being accomplished.

If provides are wanted for the work, residents ought to both buy the provides themselves or accompany the possible contractor to purchase the mandatory provides.

Anybody who believes they’ve been a sufferer of a rip-off can name the sheriff’s workplace, 740-439-4455, or Cambridge police, 740-439-4431.

This text initially appeared on The Each day Jeffersonian: Contractor sentenced to 36 months in jail for residence enchancment scams

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