Memphis contractor charged with taking $35,000 for unfinished work

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis police say a contractor was arrested after taking thousands of dollars for services he never performed.

According to Memphis police, in February Bobby Ellis, 38, was hired to do home renovations at a house on Selman Avenue near North Bingham Street in Binghampton.

According to the police, the repairs would cost $70,000. The victim allegedly paid Ellis $35,000 up front and would pay the rest after the job was completed.

Police say Ellis showed up at the house on March 2 and worked for a day. He wouldn’t have been home since.

Police say it’s been more than 90 days since Ellis worked on the house.

Memphis police said Ellis “refused any form of communication.” Police said Ellis received a certified 10-day demand that he either return the money or finish working on the house.

According to police, a copy of the letter was sent to the Tennessee Attorney General’s office.

Ellis was charged with one count of fraud by a home improvement contractor worth $10,000 to $60,000.

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