FAIRMONT — A 56-year-old Fairmont man was arraigned Aug. 7 in connection with an alleged fraud incident involving the installation of a furnace and air conditioning unit March 22 in Marion County, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint states that William Mark Stewart of 704 Vermont Ave., Fairmont is charged with obtaining money, property, and services by false pretenses; penalties (theft of services). The charge is a felony.
According to the court papers, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office spoke with a man Aug. 5 in reference to a fraud complaint. The man, identified in the complaint as the alleged victim, stated that William Mark Stewart was hired to install a furnace and air conditioning unit in his step daughter's house.
Stewart allegedly told the victim it would cost approximately $3,300 for the installation. The total cost of the property, which Stewart had ordered, was approximately $1,788.16, as indicated on the order receipt, the complaint states.
According to the complaint, the supply company delivered the property to Stewart’s house March 22; however, it would not drop off the property to Stewart until receiving payment.
Stewart allegedly then called the victim and told him to bring the money and that the furnace and air conditioner was at his house. When the victim arrived at Stewart's residence, the victim stated that he saw the supply company leaving as he pulled in. The victim asked Stewart where his furnace and air conditioner was, and Stewart allegedly told the victim that the property was in a storage building in White Hall and $2,800 was needed to pay for and to pick up the property, according to the court papers.
The complaint states that the victim agreed and gave the money to Stewart, and they both arranged to have the property delivered back to Stewart's residence the next Monday.
That Monday, however, the victim and the supply company arrived at Stewart's residence, but Stewart allegedly would not answer the door or even appear to be home, according to the complaint. The complaint states that both parties left the residence and have tried to make contact with Stewart since then, but to no avail.
Court records show Stewart is in North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $25,012 bail.