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Tampa man faces charges after senior is defrauded

Officials say a victim paid $18,500 in cash for work on his home, but the project manager never turned the funds over to the construction company.
Richard Ellis, 35, of Tampa, faces grand theft charges. He was booked in the Hillsborough County jail on Nov. 6.
Richard Ellis, 35, of Tampa, faces grand theft charges. He was booked in the Hillsborough County jail on Nov. 6. [ Courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Nov. 10, 2020

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on grand theft charges after he allegedly defrauded the company he worked for and an elderly victim out of thousands of dollars.

Richard Ellis, 35, of Tampa, was a project manager at a local construction company and was hired by the victim in April to complete an $18,500 construction project at the victim’s home, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Ellis convinced the homeowner to pay cash for the project, but never turned the funds into the company and abruptly quit his job, officials said.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated and issued a warrant for Ellis' arrest, the release said. He turned himself in to deputies last week.

Ellis faces third-degree grand theft charges. He was booked in the Hillsborough County jail on Nov. 6 and released on a $7,500 bond the same day.