Couple Indicted in All-Seasons Contracting Scheme, Statement Released

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A couple is facing dozens of charges in a contracting scam, brought to light in part by a WSAZ Investigation.

Patrick Richard and his wife Carol Richard were indicted Tuesday in Lawrence County, Ohio.

They are the owners of All Seasons of Kentucky, a storm-damage repair company that operated in Ironton, Ohio.

WSAZ first reported on All Seasons as part of an investigation in June 2013.

The company is accused of taking insurance checks from residents in Lawrence County, Ohio and failing to do the work that people had paid for.

The scheme is alleged to have taken place between September 2012 and May 2013.

They are accused of taking nearly $147,000 from dozens of residents.

The Richard's have been named in similar schemes reaching all the way to St. Louis.

Tuesday Patrick Richard was indicted on one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, 23 counts of theft, 12 counts of theft from the elderly, and 33 counts of money laundering.

Carol Richard was indicted on one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, 35 counts of receiving stolen property and one count of money laundering.

Investigators tell us warrants have been issued for their arrests.

They are also facing a civil suit from the state of Ohio.

Monday evening, Patrick Richard released the following statement to WSAZ:
"The only comment I would have is that it's a very unfortunate situation that the company certainly did not intend to happen. Unfortunately the wrong people were trusted and paid to run the company there and they ran the company completely into the ground. I'm not quite sure why my wife is being brought into this because she had nothing to do with the company there. There was never any fraudulent intent or malicious intent of any kind and I am definitely not sitting here with a pile of cash that was taken from there. In fact, I have had to get a job and am on the verge of loosing everything I have because people completely took advantage of us. The fact of the matter is that if any theft occurred I would say it would be on people getting paid to do a job and being trusted to do that job and them continuing to suck money out of the company and not doing that job. I do take the blame for making poor choices in the hiring process and not being there to oversee the company. The company was just mismanaged and will be seeking bankruptcy shortly. We did great work there for a period of time and completed probably close to 80-100 jobs than things fell apart. I am deeply sorry for this happening and certainly did not intend for this to happen. If indictments are happening, we will deal with that as best as we can."

To read more on the WSAZ Investigation, click the link.

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