Beshear: Owner of Louisville Tent and Awning Pleads Guilty to Theft, Ordered to Pay $3,100 in Restitution

Victim defrauded includes the Portland Museum located in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY. (Jan. 2, 2018) – Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced the owner of Louisville Tent and Awning recently pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by deception for never completing work at a Louisville residence or at the Portland Museum in Louisville.

Christopher C. Turner, 41, of Louisville, pleaded guilty Dec. 21, 2017, in Jefferson Circuit Court to the Class D felonies.

As part of the plea, Turner agreed to a sentence of two years, probated for a period of five years. Additionally, Turner must pay restitution of $3,101.50 to the victims he defrauded.

The plea resulted from an investigation lead by the Office of the Attorney General that revealed that between Nov. 18, 2014, and Jan. 5, 2015, in Jefferson County, Turner and the business he was operating, Louisville Tent and Awning, failed to complete work for which he was paid.

In November 2014, Turner received more than $1,000 from a Louisville resident as a deposit for a replacement canopy at the home. Turner never attempted or completed to replace the canopy at the home. Turner must pay the Louisville homeowner $1,025 in restitution.

In December 2015, Turner received more than $500 from the Portland Museum to replace an awning at the museum. Turner never attempted or completed to replace the awning at the museum. Turner must pay the museum $2,076.50 in restitution.

Jefferson Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeffery Cooke prosecuted the case.

Attorney General Beshear is committed to protecting Kentucky families, including protecting those defrauded by unscrupulous business.

“I am thankful to the team of investigators and the prosecutor who helped secure a guilty plea in this case and returned the money stolen from the victims,” Beshear said. “While it is often very difficult to catch con artists, this case is proof that my office and local law enforcement are working together to find and hold accountable those willing to take advantage of Kentucky families.”

Kentucky residents who want to report a consumer complaint should call the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257 or visit the website.



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