Huntington man charged in home improvement fraud schemes sentenced

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — A Huntington man accused of conducting home improvement fraud schemes in Blackford County has pleaded guilty to a pair of theft charges.

Sheriff’s deputies said 36-year-old Kortney Lee Elzey never completed work after receiving $62,000 to renovate a home along Blackford County Road 500-E.

He also failed to install siding and a new roof on a Hartford City home after accepting $14,000 to start that project.

Elzey pleaded guilty on July 11 to two related theft charges, one a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison and the other a Level 6 felony with a maximum 30-month sentence.

Blackford Circuit Court Judge Brian Bade accepted the terms of a plea bargain in the case, and imposed a seven-year sentence, which was suspended and will be served on probation.

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The deal also called for two counts of home improvement fraud, both misdemeanors, to be dismissed.

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