Prosecutor will search monetary restitution in Evansville contractor fraud case

EVANSVILLE, Ind. —The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Workplace is searching for monetary restitution for the sufferer of a house enchancment fraud allegedly dedicated by Matthew S. Gates and Elite Development Methods.

Gates additionally has pending prison instances in Warrick County and Daviess County, Kentucky on comparable prices.

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Based on a possible trigger affidavit, Elite Development Methods was employed in January 2021 to construct a deck and coated porch at a house on Darmstadt Highway. Gates signed right into a contract with the shopper, acquired a down cost of $9,600, however then by no means confirmed as much as do the work, investigators mentioned.

In a declare filed this week, the state will search restitution totaling $9,600 for the sufferer, in line with Jess Powers, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s workplace.

Gates, 45, was arrested Feb. 20 and had an preliminary listening to 5 days later, when he posted a $10,000 bond. A bench warrant was issued for Gates in order that he might be extradited to Daviess County, Kentucky, the place he is charged with a slew of crimes, together with misdemeanor theft for allegedly writing chilly checks and for “misleading enterprise practices.”

He is at the moment lodged on the Daviess County Detention Middle, jail logs present, and he has a court docket date in that county on Might 2. A message was left searching for remark from the Daviess County District Legal professional’s Workplace.

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Court docket data present that, since 2020, Gates is listed as a defendant in 11 instances filed as civil collections or small claims in Indiana. In 2009, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Division in Florida arrested him on prices of grand theft and arranged fraud after three Jacksonville owners paid hundreds of {dollars} for roofing work that was by no means carried out.

Gates can also be dealing with a cost of house enchancment fraud in Warrick County for allegedly bilking a Newburgh couple out of almost $30,000. His preliminary listening to in that case is ready for March 14 in Warrick Superior Court docket.

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