Crete Man Charged in Gage County, With Theft by Deception

BEATRICE –  A Crete man is facing a charge in Gage County, in connection with theft of money for contracting work that never was performed.

39-year-old Adam Abbott is charged with felony theft by deception, following his arrest on a warrant by Gage County Sheriff’s Officers.  The warrant was issued, March 29th.

Abbott is suspected of cashing a check for $1,625 provided as a payment in advance from a man who owns a Cortland apartment complex.   Authorities say the owner had contacted Abbott to do some demolition and framing work. Law officers say Abbott was paid $3,600, in advance.  A written agreement between the parties for the demolition and framing work was received by the apartment owner.  Abbott later allegedly contacted the victim about first needing a tub and enclosures, to properly frame bathrooms.  Law officers say the owner of the apartments agreed to mail a check to Abbott’s Crete residence.   The check was cashed on December 13th, last year.

Investigators say a series of text messages about the tub and enclosure work were exchanged between December 10th and January 24th.   None of the work had been performed.

An appearance bond was set today, for Abbott, at $5,000, with a Gage County Court hearing scheduled for June 2nd.

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