Elkhart man charged with home improvement fraud

 Larry Lewis
Larry Lewis (WNDU)
Published: Sep. 14, 2018 at 10:41 AM EDT
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An Elkhart man has been charged with home improvement fraud and theft after an investigation by the St. Joseph County Adult Protective Services Unit.

Larry Lewis, 65, was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on Thursday evening.

He's accused of accepting several checks for a combined $11,593 for products and services that were never delivered.

Investigators say Lewis, a handyman, was referred to a Lakeville couple in 2013.

He was reportedly given a check for a central air conditioning unit, as well as checks for a furnace, a furnace upgrade and a furnace control board.

As of July 2018, no furnace replacement or upgrade had been installed.

Lewis also allegedly accepted checks for a security camera system and a chandelier lift, neither of which were installed.

When Lewis was confronted in July, he reportedly admitted to accepting payment for the items and not delivering them. According to an investigator, he referenced several company names and locations for where the equipment was being stored, but that information turned out to be false.