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Jury Convicts Chester Man On Home Improvement Fraud And False Pretenses

CONTACT: Jeffrey Schinnerer, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-6907

February 2, 2009 - Attorney General William Sorrell announced today that after a two day trial and one hour of deliberations, a Windsor County jury found David Rounds of Chester, Vermont guilty on one count of felony Home Improvement Fraud, one felony count of False Pretenses, and one misdemeanor count of False Pretenses.

According to evidence presented at trial, Rounds accepted money from an individual for home improvement work on a residence in Andover, Vermont that was never completed. Rounds also accepted money to purchase material for the construction but kept this money for his personal use. The jury also found that Rounds wrongfully retained a $7,500 payment from the homeowner.

The Court has imposed an unsecured appearance bond in the amount of $10,000 as a condition of release pending sentencing.

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