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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Builder sentenced for defrauding area homeowners

  • A Muskogee builder pleaded guilty Wednesday to 13 felony counts related to home repair fraud and agreed to pay more than $82,000 in restitution, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.


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    A Muskogee builder pleaded guilty Wednesday to 13 felony counts related to home repair fraud and agreed to pay more than $82,000 in restitution, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.


    As a result of the plea agreement with the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit, Jason Priest, 36, was sentenced to two years in prison and 13 years suspended with monitoring by the state Department of Corrections.


    According to the charges filed in Lincoln County District Court, Priest, owner of JMP Buildings and Muskogee Barn Company, allegedly signed contracts and accepted payment to build barns or outbuildings for homeowners in Lincoln, Caddo, Canadian, Pottawatomie, Hughes, Pawnee, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Wagoner, Garfield, Payne and Creek counties between October 2009 and June 2011. 


    Priest allegedly accepted initial payments for supplies and construction of the building frames. After the frames were built, the homeowners made second payments, but Priest never completed the work. 


    The charges were filed following an investigation by the AG’s Public Protection Unit. 


    The Public Protection Unit protects consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices and can provide conciliation services to help resolve complaints against businesses.

For more information or to file a complaint, go online to www.oag.ok.gov , email publicprotection@oag.ok.gov or call (405) 521-2029.
     
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