Roofing contractor convicted of fraud in Kay and Osage counties

September 26, 2022 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — Kevin James Etter, 53, Newkirk, is now convicted of home repair fraud in Osage and Kay counties.

On Sept. 19, Etter waived his right to a jury trial and entered a guilty plea in Osage District Court to charges home repair fraud. One of the charges was filed on Nov. 6, 2015. 

In that case Osage County Sheriff deputies report a resident of Pawhuska entered into a consumer transaction with Etter in the amount of $2,050 for roof repair. The resident reports he never heard from Etter after giving him the check.

The second case was filed on Dec. 21, 2016.

Etter was sentenced to a five year prison sentence with all but 30 days in the Osage County jail suspended.

In Kay County warrants have been issued for Etter since 2015 after he was accused of defrauding residents in Tonkawa, Ponca City, and Newkirk.

On Dec. 12, 2015, Etter was charged with a felony count of embezzlement. Tonkawa police report Etter was paid $3,900 by a Tonkawa resident for a roofing job that was never done.

Etter was arrested and released on bond.

On Feb. 23, 2016 he was charged with a felony count of false pretense bogus check con game. In that case, Ponca City police report a resident in the 800 block of North Elm in Ponca City made an agreement with Etter for a $3,800 worth of projects. Over the course of six months, the resident reportedly paid Etter a total of $2,270. Police report that the only work he did was replacing some windows, two doors and installing four pillars.

In November of 2016 Etter reportedly received $4,100 from a Newkirk resident for a project that he never did.

Etter entered no contest pleas on Aug. 8, 2022, to the charges and was sentenced by Judge David bandy to eight years in prison with all but 30 days in the county jail suspended.

He is also ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $2,500, $2,270, $3,900, and was fined.

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