SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Sabine County Sheriff's Office deputy arrested a plumbing contractor from Louisiana on a combination of seven felony and misdemeanor theft charges in connection to allegations that he would take partial payments from clients and never show up to actually do the work.
Kenneth David Smith, 51, of Mooringport, Louisiana, is still being held in the Sabine County Jail on four state-jail felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000 charges, two Class A misdemeanor theft between $750 and $2,500 charges, and a Class A misdemeanor theft of service between $750 and $2,500.
Collectively, Smith's bail amount has been set at $875,000.
Chief Deputy George Griffith said all of charges that have been filed against Smith involve similar circumstances. Smith would take partial payments for plumbing jobs, but he never showed up to do the actual work, Griffith said.
"He would never do the work, and he'd just disappear," Griffith said. "Basically, he took the money and ran."
The charges all date back to 2016, Griffith said. He said the Sabine County Sheriff's Office filed four of the charges against Smith, and the City of Hemphill filed the other three charges against him.
"We've been looking into it for a while," Griffith said.