News

Wyoming, Ill., man sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for home repair fraud

Posted: Nov. 14, 2013 5:29 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2013 6:15 pm

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Perry R. Porter, 59, of Wyoming, Ill., pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of aggravated home repair fraud and was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Porter also was ordered to pay $7,148 in fines, of which $6,700 will be returned to the elderly victim as restitution.

According to Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger, Porter was arrested in October after authorities received a complaint involving some work done at a home in Hancock County. Bentzinger said a licensed Illinois roofer and a licensed lead renovation contractor told investigators that the work done at the home should have cost less than $500 for labor and materials. However, Porter allegedly charged the homeowner much more, with his fees amounting to about $1,000 per hour for the work he performed.

Bentzinger said this marks the third time Porter has been sent to prison for home repair fraud.

In Case You Missed It

Silver Saukees: Pittsfield's state title team to reunite after 25 years
Tony Baker recently watched a video of the 1991 Class A state championship game with his 11-year-old daughter. It had been several years since Baker, an all-stater as a senior at Pittsfield High School, had seen the game. "I sure was awful skinny, and those shorts were awful short," he said with a laugh. "But it was neat to watch. It's kind of a blur, but I can remember plays that were called in every game. It's so surreal."