2017-05-18 / Courts

Contractor allegedly took back materials to bilk homeowner


NASH NASH A 61-year-old Williamsburg man is facing two felonies after allegedly taking more than $18,000 from an Elmwood Township woman to build an addition to her home that was never done.

Gregory H. Nash is being held in the Leelanau County Jail on a 10 percent, $25,000 bond.

Nash was arraigned in 86th District Court on Tuesday on charges of larceny by conversion between $1,000 and $20,000 and larceny in a building. Both charges are felonies.

The charges stem from activities that took place from August to November, according to a court report.

In August, Nash signed a contract with his victim for the construction of her addition. She gave Nash $12,500 in accordance with that contract, the report said.

On Sept. 21 the woman gave Nash another $2,500 because the concrete was more expensive than planned, the report said. On Oct. 1 the woman gave Nash another $1,000 for insulation, which was placed in her garage, according to the report.

On Oct. 20, she gave him an additional $2,000 for insulation, the report said.

Some of the construction materials — trusses, lumber and OSB sheathing — were purchased and delivered to the woman’s home and placed in the garage, the report said.

Nash then allegedly entered the garage and removed the materials, returning them to Home Depot for a cash refund, the report said.

Nash also allegedly failed to show up to do the work, saying he was ill or had transportation problems, the report said. He also ignored the woman’s requests for receipts and other documentation, the report said.

Nash’s phone was disconnected in November and on Nov. 19, the victim apparently received a letter from Nash claiming he had zero cash flow and was forced to close his business, according to the report.

A probable cause conference for Nash has been set for May 30 and a preliminary examination on the charges for June 6.

If convicted, Nash could spend up to five years in prison.

If Nash is released on bond, he is to have no contact with his victim.

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