Roof work not done; contractor charged with fraud

Ken Bird (November 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A contractor who was under fire for not completing roofing jobs has been charged with felony fraud.

Ken Bird was the focus of a Better Business Bureau alert in September after the BBB received a number of complaints about him.

The complaint alleges he told a customer a job would cost about $12,000. The customers then allegedly wrote Bird a check for half of the cost — a check Bird cashed although he never intended to do the work.

The start date on the project was initially scheduled for July 4, then moved to July 21, then finally September 25. But the complaint alleges the job was not completed and Bird has refused to return the money.

Bird initially had a court date in November, but he failed to show up. Court documents show he did show up to be formally charged in December.

Bird told Target 8 in September he planned to have all outstanding jobs finished by November.

If convicted of the felony he now faces, Bird could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.  He was released from jail on $50,000 bond.

24 Hour News 8’s Dani Carlson will have the latest on this story on 24 Hour News 8 at 5.

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