SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 51-year-old Mooringsport, Louisiana man who took partial payments from clients and then never showed up to do the promised plumbing work agreed to a plea bargain deal of five years of probation back in August.
Kenneth David Smith appeared in a Sabine County district court for a plea hearing on Aug. 10. According to the text of the judgment East Texas News obtained on Monday, Smith pleaded guilty to a state-jail felony theft charge.
If the case had gone to trial, Smith would have faced a possible punishment of up to two years in a state-jail facility.
As part of the plea bargain deal, Smith also agreed to pay a total of $22,573.30 in restitution to seven people. Smith also agreed to pay a fine of $500 and court costs in the amount of $285.
When Smith was arrested back in May, he was originally charged with a combination of seven felony and misdemeanor charges. The charges included 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.
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.