A Baraboo contractor is wanted by authorities after he allegedly misappropriated a customer’s payments, and then ducked investigators.
Shawn E. Miller, 36, was charged Tuesday with theft by contractor as a repeat offender. He also faces charges that he failed to list the date and times of home improvements on a contract.
According to the criminal complaint, a Merrimac homeowner hired Miller’s firm, Pyramid Construction, to complete roofing work and paid him $15,500. The funds were to cover labor and the materials needed to do the job, which Miller finished.
But the homeowner told a Sauk County detective that he later received a letter from ABC Supply stating that the company intended to file for a lien against his property because it had not received payment from Miller for materials he used to do the job.
The company said it gave Miller a line of credit on the materials but never received payment for them.
When contacted by authorities in September, Miller acknowledged that while the contract was vague, the money was intended to pay for both labor and materials. He said he only needed a few days to pay the bill.
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In November, ABC Supply filed a lien against the homeowner, alleging that the bill never was paid.
The homeowner provided authorities with copies of the checks he made out to Miller, which totaled $15,500.
“Because the checks had been cashed and not deposited, (the detective) was unable to see what Miller had spent (the homeowner’s) money on,” the complaint states. “However it was clear that the money had been misappropriated since the roofing materials had not been paid for as intended.”
The complaint says Miller has been out of touch with investigators since December. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The theft by contractor charge carries a maximum penalty of 3 ½ years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. The charge of failing to list the dates and times of home improvements on a contract carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $5,000 in fines. Both charges could be enhanced by two years because of Miller’s status as a repeat offender.