Edmond contractor charged with embezzlement

Brian Vincent Krafton, 42, is accused of pocketing deposits for roof repairs and never starting work; he has prior convictions for embezzlement-related charges
by Tim Willert Published: May 16, 2012

An Edmond roofing contractor accused of taking nearly $12,000 in deposits from customers and never starting their jobs was charged Tuesday with multiple felonies.

Prosecutors with the state attorney general's office charged Brian Vincent Krafton, 42, with four counts of embezzlement and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses, Oklahoma County District Court records show.

Between May 26, 2010, and October 21, Krafton engaged in a pattern of embezzlement by accepting $11,997.75 in deposits without starting work for customers in Edmond, Moore and Oklahoma City, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the charges.

Krafton accepted payments on behalf of the following businesses: Oklahoma Roofing and Flooring, Oklahoma Construction Plus, and Liberty Roofing, a state investigator reported.

Rickey and Denise Hodge met Krafton when he was soliciting jobs in their Edmond neighborhood, the affidavit shows. The couple agreed to pay Krafton $4,800 to replace the aging roof on their home, and gave Krafton a check for $2,600 for project materials, but no work was done, the investigator reported.

A week after the repairs were scheduled to start, heavy rain damaged the interior of the Hodges' home, the investigator said.

Wilma Cooksey agreed to pay Krafton $6,995 to replace the roof on her home in Moore, and made a down payment of $3,497.50, investigators reported.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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