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

Posted: Nov. 14, 2013 4:29 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2013 5:15 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.

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