Contractor Sentenced for Construction Rip-Offs

Contractor Sentenced for Construction Rip-Offs

A builder accused of taking $165,000 from his clients without finishing or even starting construction projects is going to prison.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced Greg Jarrard to between seven and 10 years in prison, the maximum allowed under a plea deal.

Defense attorneys said the 37-year-old didn't intend to cheat anyone but got in over his head and suffered from undiagnosed depression.

Jarrard was accused of defrauding more than 20 customers. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that supporters as well as customers filled the court room for the two-hour hearing.

Jarrard's voice wavered as he addressed the victims before he was sentenced. He said he was ashamed for what he had done and apologized for causing pain and hardship.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of larceny in September.

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