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Chris Breasette (Source: Dougherty Co. Jail) Chris Breasette (Source: Dougherty Co. Jail)
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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Sheriff's Investigators say 41-year-old Chris Breasette took money for building supplies, but never completed the jobs he was hired to do.

It isn't the first time, he's been charged twice before and was on probation.

The Sheriff's office and the victims say this case is a good reminder why you should always check the references of the people you hire to do contract work, and if those references don't hold up, you might want to think twice.

The windows at the Cook's home still have rot and are leaking. Weeks ago they paid Breasette, who runs Albany Home Repair, to replace those windows, now he's in jail.

"It's definitely frustrating, you feel like you've been taken," said Chris Cook.

He'd done some work and even left tools behind, so they fronted him $900 in two different checks for the window materials.

"The day that I gave him the first check it was cashed that day. The day I gave him the second check it was cashed that day," said Cook.

They tried to track him down at his West Alberson Drive home and learned he'd been evicted. Through court records and the home owner we learned he was frequently late with his rent and was taken to court five times.

 "He would go months, months without paying and we would have to take him to court."

Breasette was arrested for failing to do work for Lawson Industries who also fronted him money for materials.

"He also went to Lowe's according to the complaint and charged money to their corporate account and got a bunch of material, around $1,900 worth of materials," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Capt. Craig Dodd.

But used that money for other projects. Both the Sheriff's office and victims say they don't want you to be taken and say you should make sure a contractor is registered with the city and county.

"Know who your dealing with, because it was very easy to take that check go to the bank and he's gone," said Cook. 

Chris Breasette is also charged with a probation violation so we went digging in court. We found that twice before warrants have been issued against Breasette for deposit account fraud and bad checks.

 Those cases were in 2003 and 2008. In 2003 the case was dismissed after he paid restitution, in the other he entered a guilty plea and paid fines and restitution.

The Sheriff's Office says if you've fronted Chris Breasette money for construction work and he hasn't finished the job, they want to hear from you. The Sheriff's Office has two more similar complaints they're investigating against Chris Breasette.

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