Contractor indicted on accusations of Fraud

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the County Attorney's Office:

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Kent Brady (DOB 1/14/61), the owner of Kentec Builders LLC has been indicted on three counts of Fraudulent Schemes, class two felonies, for allegedly taking money from customers and failing to complete construction projects.

According to an investigation launched by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Brady's company received more than $100,000 from a Scottsdale couple for a home remodeling project. Work began in January 2005 and by August 2005 it is alleged Brady abandoned the project. The victims filed a complaint with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.

According to detectives from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in August of 2006 a Phoenix man paid Brady $12,000 as partial payment for a remodel project in which no work was ever performed.

In the third allegation a Scottsdale couple paid Brady $26,000 in September 2006 for a remodeling job. Although some demolition was done at the site, no further work was done. On September 9, 2008 A Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted Brady on three counts of Fraudulent Schemes. He was served with those indictments the next day. Deputy County Attorney Maryann McKessy is prosecuting the case.

Thomas stated, "These victims assumed they were getting their homes remodeled. Instead they endured months of frustration and a significant financial loss. As Valley home owners deal with repairs from recent monsoon storms, please take caution in selecting a business to do the work."