Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 30, 2013

Greenup County grand jury

Man charged with defrauding construction firms

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GREENUP — A Greenup County grand jury has indicted a western Kentucky man for allegedly defrauding three area construction companies out of thousands of dollars in materials and services.

Grand jurors last week returned a true bill charging Charles R. Workman, 25, of Adolphus in Allen County, with one count of theft by deception, more than $10,000 and two counts of theft by deception, more than $500. The former charge is a Class C felony that carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence, while the latter two are Class D felonies that each carry a one- to five-year term.

The alleged offenses occurred between April 22 and Aug. 19. The indictment alleges Workman committed theft by deception by “creating and/or reinforcing a false impression that he would pay for labor and material in a construction project” and thereby obtaining property or services from Tri-Cities Paving & Contracting, Light’s Enterprises Inc. and Witt Construction Inc.

Tri-Cities suffered a loss of $18,058.40 as a result of Workman’s alleged actions, while Light’s lost $4,260 and Witt lost $3,225, the indictment states.

Additional details of the case were not immediately available. Russell Police Detective Adam Davis testified before the grand jury.

Workman’s address is listed on the indictment as the Campbell County Detention Center. He has been lodged there since Sept. 4 on a failure-to-appear warrant, according to the jail’s online inmate roster.

A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

In an unrelated case, grand jurors also indicted a Greenup man on multiple charges stemming from him allegedly having sex with an individual who was younger than 16.

Curtis Wayne Skaggs, 33, of Greenup, was charged with four counts of third-degree rape and one count each of third-degree sodomy and third-degree sexual abuse. The charges all are Class D felonies. Skaggs also was charged with first-degree persistent felony offender.

The alleged offenses occurred on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, 2011, and between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2012, according to the indictment.

Also indicted in a case initiated by the FADE Drug Task Force was Carzell L. Palmer, 48, of Columbus, Ohio, charged with first-degree drug possession for allegedly having heroin and possession of marijuana. The alleged offenses occurred on Sept. 5, the indictment states.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.