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UPDATE: Couple Charged in Alleged Contracting Scheme Released on Bond


UPDATE 11/26/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A contractor and his wife accused of taking thousands of dollars from customers for home repairs they allegedly didn’t make made their initial court appearances Tuesday morning.

Patrick Richard, the owner of All Seasons of Kentucky, and his wife, Carol Richard, turned themselves into Ironton Police Monday afternoon after being indicted by Lawrence County grand jury lat week.

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.

Tuesday morning, the Richard’s pleaded not guilty to the charges and were later released after posting bond.

As part of their bond, each is required to wear a GPS device. They were also required to surrender their passports.

Patrick Richard is accused of scamming dozens of people in Lawrence County, Ohio out of insurance money for home improvements that never happened after a storm last September.

Investigators say Carol Richard shared in the proceeds. Police said the couple never provided refunds to the victims.

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

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

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

They are also face charges in a civil suit from the State of Ohio.

Patrick Richard’s pre-trial is December 19 at 2 p.m.

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ORIGINAL STORY 11/25/13 @ 8:30 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A contractor accused of taking thousands of dollars from customers for home repairs that were never made turned himself in to police on Monday.

Patrick Richard, the owner of All Seasons of Kentucky, and his wife, Carol Richard, arrived at the Ironton Police Department shortly before 3:30 Monday afternoon.

Patrick Richard is accused of scamming dozens of people in Lawrence County, Ohio out of insurance money for home improvements that never happened after a storm last September.

Investigators say Carol Richard shared in the proceeds. Police said the couple never provided refunds to the victims.

Last week, a grand jury in Lawrence County, Ohio indicted the couple.

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.

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

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

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

They are also face charges in a civil suit from the State of Ohio.

As the couple walked into the Lawrence County Jail following their arrests, Carol told WSAZ.com that, “I not scamming anyone. It’s none of your business.”

The Richard’s are scheduled to be arraigned in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning.

If convicted, the couple faces up to 40 years in prison.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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