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Friday, March 4, 2011

Second arrest warrant issued for man charged in home improvement fraud

Second arrest warrant issued for man charged in home improvement fraud

TERRE HAUTE — An arrest warrant for forgery has been issued for a Terre Haute contractor who is already facing unrelated allegations of home improvement fraud stemming from the 2008 flooding in the Wabash Valley.

Lyman Roberts, 39, now faces six counts of forgery, a class-C felony.

Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing told the Tribune-Star on Thursday that police were seeking Roberts to serve the warrant, which was issued Wednesday from Vigo Superior Court 3. The warrant has bail set at $15,000 cash only.

Terre Haute Police have investigated the allegations of forgery involving a checking account for the Amvets Post 222. According to police, Roberts allegedly forged the name of a signatory on a checking account, and received funds totaling more than $1,000.

The case is not related to seven counts of home improvement fraud that were filed against Roberts in February. According to a probable cause affidavit in that case, Roberts received $80,700 from the Wabash Valley Disaster Relief Coalition to do home repairs for seven clients affected by the June 2008 flooding in the Wabash Valley. The coalition had received a $6 million grant from the Lilly Foundation, and the grant was administered by the United Way of the Wabash Valley, which hired Roberts Construction to perform the repairs.

Roberts is scheduled to appear in Division 3 court on Monday for a hearing related to the home improvement fraud allegations.

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