Wheeling man arrested for alleged scams across Ohio Valley

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A Wheeling man who allegedly scammed people in several Ohio Valley counties is facing a new charge.

Kristian Michael Carter, 35, is facing charges in Ohio, Marshall, and Brooke County after being accused of taking money from people to do work on their homes, but never showing up to do that work.

Carter is currently facing charges of felony false pretenses.

The latest charge involves allegedly scamming a victim out of $9,000 in Ohio County. According to a criminal complaint, Carter accepted two checks from the victim for a total of $9,000. The money was in exchange for Carter to install a new HVAC system and duct work in the building.

Carter allegedly took the checks in February 2017, and over one year later, Carter reportedly has failed to complete or even start the project.

The victim told officials that she has received three payments totaling $2,000 for the incomplete project from Carter, but communication between the two of them has ended.

According to a separate criminal complaint in Brooke County, the victim told officers that she had been the victim of a scam involving Carter. Carter allegedly visited the victim’s home and gave her an estimate for the pouring of a concrete driveway, sidewalk, turn around, and retaining wall, framing rebar, drainage, and finish work. This exchange allegedly took place in April 2017.

According to the victim, May 1, 2017, a typed independent contractor agreement was signed by both the victim and Carter.

The victim told officials that she had written a check in the amount of $13,300 as stated in the contract, which was allegedly deposited by Carter.

According to the victim, to this date, Carter has not done any of the work to the residence, nor has he paid back the $13,300.

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