SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 72-year-old Hemphill man accused of accept more than $100,000 for a job and never doing the work was booked into the Sabine County Jail after new felony theft charges were filed against him earlier this month.
According to Sabine County jail records, George Washington King, Jr. was booked into the Sabine County Jail on Feb. 15, and he was released on Feb. 17. The jail records said that his collective bail amount was set at $175,000.
King has been charged with seven counts of state-jail felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000 and two counts of felony misapplication of payments.
Washington is in similar legal trouble in Sabine Parish, Louisiana as well. He was booked into the Sabine County Jail on charges of contractor fraud and misapplication of payments, and he was released a short time later.
According to Sabine County jail records, King was booked into the jail on Feb. 6, and he was released on Feb. 8 after he posted a bail amount of $10,000. However, deputies from the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office picked King up on outstanding warrants from later that day and transferred him to Louisiana, according to Chief Deputy George Griffith.
Griffith said King acted as a representative of a company called Diversified Services and stole more than $100,000 from one victim by contracting for work that he never did in the summer of 2015.
People have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to King, who was acting as a representative of Diversified Services, to build seawalls, piers and boat docks, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office.
King reportedly signed contracts with the individuals and took 50 percent of the projects' costs as deposits in order to start the work, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office.
Property owners have told authorities that King never started the jobs, no work was performed and, in fact, no materials ever were delivered to the jobs sites.