The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

March 23, 2014

Salina contractor charged with home repair fraud

PRYOR, OK — Homeowners, look out for repair fraud.

Paul Harvey Sr., Salina, has been charged with a misdemeanor count of home repair fraud.

One homeowner, Jeanie West, reported Harvey to the Mayes County Sheriff's Office when she paid him for work that was never done. West contacted the authorities and informed them she had received a check from her homeowners insurance to fix the roof and siding on her residence. She hired Harvey who said he was a contractor with ISC Nationwide Construction.

Per his request, West signed her check over to him to cover materials and labor costs, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

“West advised it had been approximately three weeks and Harvey has not performed the work and will not return the money,” according to the affidavit.

Officers contacted Harvey, who allegedly told them he had been in touch with West's mortgage and insurance companies advising them he would return the money to them.

He allegedly stated he would return the money to the company but not to West, because she had filed a fraudulent claim.

 The affidavit states that Harvey told officers he no longer had the money, as he had deposited it into the company account and spent it on other job materials.

He allegedly told officers he was setting up a payment plan with the mortgage and insurance companies.

West was advised to call her insurance company to confirm that Harvey was making payments. Though misdemeanor charges have been filed against Harvey, West would have to seek a civil lawsuit to retrieve her money.

Though Harvey has no prior criminal charges, he has been charged with indebtedness, contract foreclosures and six counts of money judgment.

 

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