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News Release

For Immediate Release
December 8, 2010

Tracy M. Culberson, Assistant Attorney
General Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
Consumer Protection & Antitrust Bureau
(603) 271-3643

Belmont Contractor Convicted of Misappropriating Customer Funds

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney today announced that Shawn Talbot, age 32, pled guilty in the Rockingham County Superior Court to felony-level charges of Misapplication of Property, Issuing Bad Checks and Identity Fraud. Talbot received concurrent suspended sentences of 12 months in the house of corrections and was placed on probation for 2 years. He has also been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $18,092.00 within 18 months, must complete 50 hours of community service, and is prohibited from commingling future client or customer funds.

In November 2008, Talbot was operating under the business name of Forever Siding and Windows, LLC located in Belmont, NH. He entered into a contract with a Londonderry resident to replace windows in the customer's house. Talbot told the customer that he was going to purchase the windows through ABC Supply and had the customer write out a check to ABC Supply for $10,400. Talbot immediately went to a bank and opened a fraudulent checking account under the business name of ABC Supply and deposited the check. Talbot's action of fraudulently posing as a representative of ABC Supply, a legitimate company located in Manchester, NH, in order to obtain the customer's money constituted the crime of Identity Fraud.

Over the next month, Talbot transferred all of the money out of the fraudulent account and into his personal checking account. Talbot never purchased the customer's windows and broke off contact with the customer. When the customer filed a police complaint, Talbot agreed to repay the customer and wrote him a check for a partial refund. This check was returned for insufficient funds.

According to Delaney, the customer was in agreement with the negotiated sentence, which included restitution for expenses beyond the original contract agreement such as the inability to take advantage of a federal tax credit, increases in material prices since the original agreement and the continued expense of heating a house with older, less-efficient windows.

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