ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The former owner of an Angelina County business faces 12 felony charges following an investigation into allegations of him not completing deliveries and installations of swimming pools.
Rory Alan Stringer, 36, of Lufkin, is charged with six counts of theft and six counts of misapplication of trust fund. He has posted a collective bond of $250,000.
KTRE has obtained one arrest affidavit from the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 office.
According to the affidavit, a detective with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office contacted a 68-year-old man on Oct. 12, who had met with Stringer at the Pool Store on Sept. 23 and agreed to buy a 21-foot above-ground pool from the store and install it himself for $1,600. He said Stringer told him he would deliver the pool in seven to 10 days.
The man said he had not yet received the pool and had not heard from Stringer since.
The man said he contacted the Pool Store on Oct. 11 to check on his pool and was told Stringer was no longer in business and had taken all of the files. But an employee there said he found the receipt on the floor. He said he was told there were multiple people there who had paid Stringer money but had received nothing in return.
The man said the employee told him that Stringer had never ordered his pool and that the employee called the pool manufacturer to ensure Stringer had order the pool but the manufacturer said he had not.
The building is now occupied by Caribbean Blue Pools & Supplies, according to the affidavit. The owner of that business clarified they did not purchase the Pool Store, but only purchased some things from Stringer and then moved into the building once The Pool Store had moved out.
Additional affidavits show Stringer received the following payments from other customers, without completing work:
* $37,776 for construction of a pool. Affidavit states Stringer also did not make a payment of $5,450 to subcontractor.
* $29,474. 10 for construction of a pool. Affidavit states Stringer also did not make a payment of $7,149 to subcontractor and $7,707 to another.
* $28,200 for construction of a pool. Affidavit states Stringer also did not make a payment of $7,822 to subcontractor.
* $23,261.40 for construction of a pool. Affidavit states Stringer also did not make a payment of $6,646 to subcontractor.
"There are going to be cases outside of Angelina County," Angelina County Sheriff Lt. Brett Maisel said. "The bulk of the cases are here in our county. It is very difficult for the families. We know at least five families in Angelina County have been affected by it. We also find it difficult to understand why someone would defraud the elderly."
A civil lawsuit has also been filed in Judge Paul White's District Court. The plaintiff in the case alleges that he paid Stringer $81,575.65 for a pull and accessories. The lawsuit alleges that after the work was complete the spa jets did not work right, the UV system did not work, the tile decking around the pool did not drain properly, the spa drains down when the pump is off, no clhlorinator installed, the tile and coping needed repairs as well as several other cosmetic issues. The plaintiff also stated the family had to get another contractor to come in and do everything again. The lawsuit is seeking $144,100.00.