A 52-year-old contractor on Tuesday admitted to stealing $34,000 from a client.
Kevin Frazier failed to complete construction in Abaco that Gracie Knowles paid him to complete.
Knowles gave Frazier $34,000 on July 23, 2020, but Frazier didn’t start the work or offer a refund.
Yesterday, Frazier told Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt that he planned to end the case without a trial.
Frazier, who does not have a lawyer, said that he intended to repay Knowles in instalments.
As a result, Ferguson-Pratt re-arraigned Frazier, and he pleaded guilty to stealing by reason of service.
Ferguson-Pratt warned Frazier that she would not hesitate to send him to prison for one month if he didn’t follow through with the repayment.
She reminded him that he would still have to repay the money after his release from prison.
Frazier explained that he had a delay in getting payment for a job because he had inadvertently built a portion of a building on someone else’s property. Frazier said once this was done, he would be able to meet his obligation to Knowles.
The Magistrate said, “I really don’t need to hear from you, Mr. Frazier. All I need for you is to put your money where your mouth is – literally.”
Frazier has to repay $14,000 by October 29 and the second payment of $10,000 is due by November 29.
Frazier must pay the remainder by December 20.
He returns to court on October 29 for a compliance check.
Attorney Samantha Miah prosecuted.