Unlicensed Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Fraud in Massachusetts
An unlicensed home improvement contractor whose false promises left an elderly Massachusetts woman’s home in ruins and others temporarily homeless is heading to prison.
The Salem News reports that 49-year-old Jaime Ford was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday and ordered to pay $214,500 in restitution.
Ford previously pleaded guilty to 42 charges including larceny, forgery, insurance fraud and being a common and notorious thief.
Prosecutors say Ford convinced a Beverly octogenarian he could build an addition on her home. Instead, he left behind a shell and debris containing asbestos.
Prosecutors say Ford used money from his customers on new cars, luxury homes and gambling trips.
Ford’s attorney had asked the judge for a sentence of probation, saying “there are two sides to every story.”
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News