An Edmond swimming pool contractor has pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County District Court to charges of embezzlement and home repair fraud, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.
As a result of a plea agreement with the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit and the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, Gary Robert Oester, 55, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a sentence that will be added to an 8-year sentence that he is serving after pleading guilty to similar charges in Logan County in July.
According to the charges, Oester, who operated under the trade name Indigo Custom Pools, signed contracts to install or repair swimming pools for homeowners in Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties between March and June of 2011. He accepted significant up-front payments, but failed to complete the work. Collectively, the victims are alleged to have lost more than $80,000.
The AG's Public Protection Unit protects consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices and can provide conciliation services to help resolve complaints against businesses.