Repairman allegedly stole $25K meant to fix home, records show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested after allegedly stealing $25,000 from a homeowner that was meant for home repairs.

According to an affidavit, a man told police he had some storm damage at his home in the 800 block of Pendleton.

State Farm insures the man’s home and said it would be about $50,000 to repair it after an inspection.

The first $10,000 went to cleaning up trees that were destroyed on the property.

The remaining $40,000 would go to contractors to repair the roof and damage to the home, records show.

The homeowner hired Kenneth Washington, 60, in April to do the work.

According to the affidavit, when the $40,000 check was issued, Washington told the homeowner to sign it over to him so he and his crew could get the supplies needed to fix the home.

The homeowner told police that some of the work was completed, like the roof and debris clearing, but other work was not.

The kitchen, drywall, bedrooms, painting, installation, and flooring were not completed, totaling $25,000, records show.

When the homeowner spoke with Washington, he told him he did not complete the work, police said.

The victim then mailed him a certified letter asking for the remaining $25,000 to be returned, along with an itemized list of work not completed.

The homeowner told police that Washington’s last time at the home was April 28.

Washington is charged with Action by Home Improvement Services Provider Over $10,000 - $60,000, records show.