Portsmouth man charged with theft by deception

When you give someone $5,000 in advance to do a job, you probably expect that job to get done. William K. Flanagan, 52, of South Preston Street in Portsmouth, now faces a charge of theft by deception because a local business says they paid him for work that did not get done.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a call from Fire House Quick Stop on April 4, 2016, stating that they had hired the subject to make and install two large LED signs along with other work. The business owner stated that he had paid $5000 to the suspect to start the work.

A report was filed and forwarded to a detective for an investigation. During the investigation it was determined that the invoice was dated originally on January 27, 2016. At the time of the report the work had not been completed.

The case was presented to the Scioto County grand jury which resulted in an indictment warrant being issued. The suspect was arrested on Sunday (July 1) without incident

Flanagan has been charged with one count of theft by deception a felony of the fifth degree and is being held without bond. Flanagan will appear in Scioto County Common Pleas Court at a later date.

Anyone with information regarding the case or any case involving Flanagan should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.

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By Frank Lewis

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