Muskogee Builder Charged for Defrauding Multiple Homeowners
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Public Protection Unit filed charges Tuesday in Lincoln County District Court against Jason Priest, 36, for an alleged pattern of home repair fraud.
According to the 12 charges, Priest, owner of JMP Buildings and Muskogee Barn Company, allegedly signed contracts and accepted payment to build barns or outbuildings for homeowners in Lincoln, Caddo, Canadian, Pottawatomie, Hughes, Pawnee, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Wagoner, Garfield, Payne and Creek counties between October 2009 and June 2011.
Priest allegedly accepted initial payments for supplies and construction of the building frames. After the frames were built, the homeowners made second payments, but Priest allegedly never completed the work.
The charges were filed following an investigation by the AG’s Public Protection Unit. The state believes that collectively the victims lost more than $82,000.
The Public Protection Unit protects consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices and can provide conciliation services to help resolve complaints against businesses.
For more information or to file a complaint, go online to www.oag.ok.gov , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 521-2029.
For a copy of the charges, go online to www.oag.ok.gov.