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News Release

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2012

Connie Stratton, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
(603) 271-3643

Guilty Plea for Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer in State v. Daniel Bishop/Bishop Construction

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney today announced that Daniel Bishop pled guilty in Hillsborough County Superior Court North to a felony charge of Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer. The indictment charged that the defendant committed the crime of theft pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct by entering into contracts for stone masonry work, taking deposits from consumers and then failing to provide the promised services or return the deposits. Daniel Bishop used several different names for his company, including Bishop Construction, An Accurate Estimate and Dan the Stone Man Masonry.

In 2006, the defendant failed to appear for his arraignment on the theft charge and a capias was issued for his arrest. Since 2006, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department has worked diligently to attempt to locate the defendant, who was tracked to several states and used multiple aliases, dates of birth and social security numbers. The defendant was arrested in Pennsylvania and waived extradition back to New Hampshire.

The Court sentenced the defendant to serve 2½ to 6 years at the New Hampshire State Prison, stand committed, and to pay restitution in the amount of $154,719.03 to 27 victims. Additional conditions of the sentence include that the defendant shall not own, operate, manage or control a stone masonry or contracting business for a period of 10 years; and that he shall not engage in any business where he takes prepayments for goods or services not completed for a period of 10 years.

Attorney General Delaney said, "The victims of Mr. Bishop have waited a long time for justice to be done in this case. My office will continue to work on behalf of New Hampshire consumers in bringing unscrupulous people who do business in this state to task, no matter how long it takes."

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