Bogus garage scam lands man in Washington County jail

Charles Davis, of 1094 Core Road, Parkersburg, was sentenced to 90 days in the Washington County Jail, and one year of community control on Friday in Judge Randall Burnworth’s court.

In June, Davis was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft and a fifth-degree felony count of falsification in a theft offense. Davis was accused of offering to build a garage for a resident in New Matamoras, taking a $4,368 down payment for the work on Nov. 26, and then disappearing without doing any work. He pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony count of theft on Jan. 13. The second fifth-degree count of falsification was dismissed.

Davis did not appear for his 8:30 a.m. sentencing on Friday in Burnworth’s court. Davis’ attorney, John Walsh, requested a continuance and said his client was receiving medical treatment for a rash. Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham requested to move ahead with issuing a warrant for Davis’ arrest.

Burnworth said Davis had to appear before noon or a warrant would be issued for his arrest.

Davis did appear slightly before noon in Burnworth’s court.

Graham said he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and one year of community control. Davis is required to pay full restitution to the family from which he was accused of stealing.

The victim, Toni Scott, gave a brief statement in court that Davis should not get off lightly and that she had worked hard to get the money together to build the garage.

“I think him getting off with nothing will be ridiculous,” Scott told the court, adding that it would also be a “miscarriage of justice.”

Davis has one year to pay the full restitution amount.