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Northern Virginia contractor pleads guilty to fraud after taking down payments for uncompleted patio, deck projects

A Northern Virginia contractor has pleaded guilty to taking down-payments for patio and deck projects that were never built in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Fauquier counties, and will also soon stand trial in Stafford County, WTOP has reported.

Ryan Vanover, 40, of Haymarket, pleaded guilty on Sept. 6 to contractor fraud in Fairfax County Circuit Court, as part of a proposed plea agreement. According to the proffer read in court, Vanover continually delayed working on the project, saying his father was very sick, the broadcaster reported.

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Penney Azcarate set a sentencing date of Dec. 16. The proposed plea agreement would have Vanover be sentenced to five years in prison, with all of it suspended. Vanover would serve five years of supervised probation, and then remain under unsupervised probation until he paid restitution to three customers who provided down-payments of $14,500, $9,900, and $7,000, respectively.

Azcarate said setting the date for December would give Vanover “time to pay some of that restitution down, as that may play a role in whether I accept the plea.”

After his client pleaded guilty to the Fairfax County count of construction fraud, attorney Charles “Ash” Dean declined to talk about Vanover’s previous guilty pleas in neighboring jurisdictions.

According to court records obtained by WTOP, Vanover pleaded guilty to six felony counts of contractor fraud in Loudoun County.

The range of sentencing on each count is one to 20 years in prison, or up to 12 months in jail and no more than a $2,500 fine. The judge has the final say in handing down the sentence, the published report says.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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