New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
July 31, 2020

Contact:
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
kate.giaquinto@doj.nh.gov | 603-573-6103

John W. Garrigan, Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
john.garrigan@doj.nh.gov | (603) 271-1252

Bryan J. Townsend, II, Assistant Attorney General
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
Bryan.Townsend@doj.nh.gov | (603) 271-7094

Contractor Brian Jeffery Strouth Arrested and Charged with Theft, Forgery, and Unfair or Deceptive Business Practices.

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Brian Jeffery Strouth, (age 49) of Pittsfield, was arrested on July 31, 2020, and charged with one class-A felony count of theft by unauthorized taking, one class-A felony count of theft by deception, one class-A misdemeanor charge of unfair or deceptive business practices, and one class-B misdemeanor charge of forgery.

The theft by unauthorized taking charge alleges that between August 21, 2019, and October 2, 2019, Mr. Strouth obtained or exercised unauthorized control over more than $1,500 belonging J.S. (age 69), with a purpose to deprive her of the funds. Mr. Strouth was authorized to use J.S.'s funds solely for the design and installation of a septic system on J.S.'s property, and he instead used those funds for unrelated purposes.

The theft by deception charge alleges that on August 22, 2019, Mr. Strouth obtained or exercised control over more than $1,500 belonging to J.S. using deception, with a purpose to deprive her of the funds. The charge alleges that Mr. Strouth created the impression that he would use her funds for the design and installation of a septic system, which he knew was false.

The unfair or deceptive business practices charge alleges that between August 21, 2019, and October 2, 2019, Mr. Strouth, in the conduct of trade or commerce within the State, in relation to the design and installation of a septic system at J.S.'s property, purposely used unfair or deceptive acts or practices including, but not limited to, falsely stating to J.S. that he intended to install a septic system; making ongoing misrepresentations to J.S. as to why he could not install the system; and presenting a forged septic permit application to J.S.

The forgery charge alleges that on or about September 16, 2019, Mr. Strouth made, completed, or uttered a writing—a State permit application for an individual sewage disposal system—purporting to be the act or acts of another, with a purpose to defraud.

Mr. Strouth is scheduled to be arraigned on August 13, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. before the Belknap County Superior Court. The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and Mr. Strouth is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General John W. Garrigan of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau and Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend, II, of the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658