Mesa plumber found guilty of fraud, theft

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Michael Duane Mullet (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office) Michael Duane Mullet (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Mesa plumber has been found guilty of multiple counts of fraud and theft, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced on Friday.

Brnovich said Michael Duane Mullet used a plumbing fraud scheme to steal more than $16,700 while working at Lawson Family Plumbing. Mullet convinced 34 customers to pay him directly for plumbing work from April to August 2014. He then deposited the checks into his bank account.

The Mesa Police Department launched an investigation after a concerned customer called Lawson Family Plumbing to report Mullet's suspicious activity. 

In May 2016, a state grand jury indicted Mullet on multiple counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count of theft. 

Mullet will be sentenced on March 3.

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