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.
Cooksey never spoke with Krafton again.
When she called the business to find out when the work would begin, two rolls of tar paper were dropped off at the home, but no other roofing supplies were delivered, the affidavit shows.
Two other customers, Angela Davis, of Oklahoma City, and Perry Piche, of Edmond, gave Krafton deposits totaling $4,552.75 to replace the roofs on their homes. In each case, some supplies were dropped off, but Krafton didn't return to begin work, the investigator reported.
Hodge and Cooksey hired attorneys and obtained civil judgments against Krafton, but have yet to receive any money, the affidavit shows. No money has been refunded to Davis and Piche, the affidavit shows.
Krafton has prior criminal convictions for embezzlement, court records show.
On May 5, 2011, he pleaded guilty in Cleveland County District Court to embezzlement and received a five-year suspended sentence.
On the same day in a different case, Krafton pleaded guilty to embezzlement by contractor and also received a five-year suspended sentence.
On June 29, Krafton pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County to obtaining property by trick of deception and received a 10-year suspended sentence.
Attempts to reach Krafton for comment were