Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

November 27, 2013

Owners plead not guilty in roofing scam

IRONTON — The owners of a storm-damage repair contracting firm accused of running a roofing scam that cost a number of Ohio residents thousands of dollars pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against them on Tuesday.

Leo Patrick Richard Jr. and his wife, Carol Richard, of Manhattan, Ill., were arraigned in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court before Judge D. Scott Bowling.

The Richards, owners of All Seasons Contracting Inc. of Grayson, were indicted last week on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft, theft from the elderly, money laundering and receiving stolen property. If convicted, the Richards each face a maximum sentence of more than 40 years in prison, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

The Richards turned themselves in at the Ironton Police Department on Monday. Bowling allowed the couple to be released from custody on a $200,000 own-recognizance bond with a cash surety and GPS monitoring, a deputy in the Lawrence County Clerk of Courts’ office said.

Bowling also scheduled a pre-trial conference for 2 p.m. Dec. 19.

The indictment against the Richards alleges that beginning in September 2012, Leo Patrick Richard and his company swept through Lawrence County and accepted insurance funds from the victims for new roofs before leaving town in September of this year, and that Carol Richard shared in the proceeds of the company.  All Seasons has not provided refunds to the victims or started any of the roofing repair work, DeWine said.

The attorney’s general’s office also has filed a separate civil action in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court against the Richards and All Seasons. According to that complaint, about 35 Ohio consumers reported losing a total of more than $171,000 to the Richards and All Seasons.

The suit seeks a civil penalty of $25,000 for each separate violation of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.

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

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

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday

    A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ashland couple indicted on grave violation charges

     A man and a woman from Ashland have been indicted for allegedly stealing brass flower vases from graves at Rose Hill Burial Park.

    April 22, 2014

  • South Shore clerk gives updates on city building bids, sewer project

    City officials may not have to wait much longer to move from their temporary offices on Main Street into a shiny, new building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Fate of stray animals in Carter County questioned

    Stray animals in Carter County may be disappearing because no one seems to know exactly where they are going.

    April 22, 2014

  • Recovery center finds home

    The mayor of Grayson said he isn’t concerned about the money a new recovery center will funnel into the city, although he is deeply appreciative of what the proposed facility may be able to offer “people who really need help” recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

    April 22, 2014

  • Olive Hill man charged with shooting wife during dispute

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.
    Robert Tackett, 47, of Olive Hill, was lodged in the Carter County Detention Center on Monday, charged with attempted murder-domestic violence, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

    April 22, 2014

  • Two of three Greenup commission seats on ballot

    Two of three commission seats are up for grabs in Greenup County this fall, and both will involve primary contests to determine the ballot lineup in the November election.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423attmurder_tackett.jpg Olive Hill man charged with attempted murder

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rotary updated on Alliance

    Ed Neely, president of the Ashland Rotary Club and chairman of the Ashland Alliance, addressed Rotarians in both capacities during the Monday meeting to give an update on the organization’s recent progress.

    April 21, 2014

  • Prater has been satisfying fans’ hunger for 40 years

    Debbie Prater has satisfied thousands of athletes’, parents’ and fans’ snacking desires for nearly 360 months.
    That’s just about 40 years of serving nachos, popcorn, chili dogs, water and soda from Lewis County’s football, basketball and baseball concession stands, and Prater is retiring after this year’s last pitch.

    April 21, 2014