BROOKSVILLE — A man accused of bilking a Spring Hill woman and her elderly mother out of nearly $80,000 for air-conditioning work that was never done was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison.
Joshua Ryan Green, 29, of Spring Hill pleaded no contest in Hernando County Circuit Court to one count of organized fraud. He was ordered to serve 15 years of probation after his release from prison and also was ordered to pay the victims in the case $79,495.
The woman first met Green when he worked for an air-conditioning service company in Spring Hill. He offered to do work for the woman on the side so she wouldn't have to pay for a service call. Between December 2011 and May 2012, the woman wrote Green 81 checks, ranging from a couple of hundred dollars to $5,200. Green asked the woman to make the checks out to cash.
The amount Green took in the alleged scheme bumped the charge to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. He did not have any prior convictions in Florida.