Texas Man Convicted in Home Improvement Scam

March 31, 2013

A central Indiana jury has convicted a Texas man on home improvement fraud charges alleging that he bilked six suburban Indianapolis residents out of more than $37,000.

A Johnson County jury convicted 50-year-old Randy L. Madewell of Danbury, Texas, on three felony home improvement fraud counts and three misdemeanor counts.

The Daily Journal reports Madewell was arrested in January 2012 after six Greenwood residents told police they gave him money for roofing repairs that were never done. Court records say Madewell spent more than $37,000 he took from the residents on clothing, fishing gear, a fishing boat and a motorcycle instead of roofing supplies.

Deputy prosecutor Joe Villanueva says Madewell faces similar charges in other central Indiana counties. He had operated a Brown County roofing business.

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