Kettering man sentenced to at least 4 years in prison for contractor fraud

William Charles Lambert
William Charles Lambert

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

A Kettering man was sentenced to at least four years in prison after he took more than $100,000 to build a home for a 72-year-old man but never even poured a foundation.

William Charles Lambert, 61, was convicted March 3 of theft of an elderly person of more than $37,500, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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He was ordered to pay the victim $95,000 in restitution as well.

Lambert entered into a contract on Sept. 25, 2018, with the Miamisburg man through his business, Lambco General Contractor, based in Oakwood.

The victim paid a down payment of $102,125 for Lambert’s company to build him a new home.

In January 2020, the victim filed a complaint through the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Consumer Fraud Unit because the house hadn’t been built.

Lambert was indicted on theft from an elderly or disabled person on Oct. 21, 2020.

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“This defendant has a history of theft convictions, and has even been previously sentenced to the penitentiary,” Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said. “Many of his prior convictions were for the same criminal conduct — taking a down payment to do construction work, and then doing little to nothing towards completing the work. Many of his prior victims have been elderly. Before signing a contract and making a down payment for home repairs, it is advisable to thoroughly investigate the contractor.”

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