OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced on Thursday that his office secured restitution from an allegedly fraudulent home repairman for four Oklahoma homeowners.
In 2010, Pruitt's Public Protection Unit alleged that Randy Madewell engaged in four felony counts of home repair fraud. Madewell, who did business as Oklahoma Building and Remodeling, allegedly accepted a total of more than $42,000 from seven homeowners in Midwest City, Edmond and Oklahoma City for roofing and home repair work, but he failed to start the projects.
Madewell allegedly fled Oklahoma and evaded law enforcement for four years. He was returned last week after Indiana police jailed him on an unrelated issue and noticed the arrest warrant out of Oklahoma County.
"I commend our agents and other law enforcement for staying after this scam artist for four years until we could bring some justice to victims of his crimes," Pruitt said.
Madewell pleaded guilty to four felony counts of home repair fraud. He received a five-year deferred sentence on each count to run concurrently. Madewell was also ordered to pay $42,158.44, in addition to court costs.
Pruitt's Public Protection Unit protects consumers from deceptive, fraudulent or unfair business practices and can provide conciliation services to help resolve business complaints.