HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — A Huntington man accused of conducting home improvement fraud schemes in Blackford County has pleaded guilty to a pair of theft charges.
Sheriff’s deputies said 36-year-old Kortney Lee Elzey never completed work after receiving $62,000 to renovate a home along Blackford County Road 500-E.
He also failed to install siding and a new roof on a Hartford City home after accepting $14,000 to start that project.
Elzey pleaded guilty on July 11 to two related theft charges, one a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison and the other a Level 6 felony with a maximum 30-month sentence.
Blackford Circuit Court Judge Brian Bade accepted the terms of a plea bargain in the case, and imposed a seven-year sentence, which was suspended and will be served on probation.
The deal also called for two counts of home improvement fraud, both misdemeanors, to be dismissed.
Elzey still faces two counts each of theft and home improvement fraud, in a pair of cases filed in February in Huntington Superior Court 1.
According to court records, Elzey, formerly of Hartford City, had earlier been convicted of theft, home improvement fraud (three times), check deception (six times) and driving while intoxicated (four times).
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Douglas Walker is a news reporter for The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at [email protected].