SILVER LAKE — A Silver Lake man was recently arrested after two women reported allegations of home improvement fraud.
Lance Ronnie Boswell, Jr., 34, 302 W. Sycamore St., Silver Lake, is charged with two counts of home improvement fraud, two counts of forgery, two counts of identity deception, and two counts of theft, all level 6 felonies.
On May 23, 2018, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office spoke with a woman regarding home improvement fraud. On May 15, 2018, Boswell stopped by the woman’s residence and said he wanted to look at the roof to see if it was in need of repair.
According to court documents, Boswell told the woman he put 100 pounds of filler into a hole that was on the roof and charged her $1,500 for the repair. She wrote Boswell a check and the check was cashed. The woman said her neighbors checked the roof and found Boswell had used spray paint on the roof and found no holes.
On Sept. 5, 2018, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office learned of another apparent case of home improvement fraud. A woman said she wrote Boswell two checks for $3,100 and $2,000 for roof repairs.
It was later discovered that Boswell was using another man’s identifying information to cash the checks.
Boswell was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on Aug. 22, 2019, with a $17,500 surety and cash bond.