Pittsfield man, 49, accused of septic system fraud

Monitor staff
Published: 8/3/2020 1:48:45 PM

A 49-year-old Pittsfield man is accused of spending $1,500 given to him to install a septic system for “unrelated pur poses,” the Pittsfield Police Department said Monday.

Brian Jeffery Strouth was charged with theft by unauthorized taking and theft by deception, both felonies. He was also charged with unfair or deceptive business practices, a class A misdemeanor, and forgery, a class B misdemeanor.

The felony charges allege that from Aug. 21, 2019, to Oct. 2, 2019, Strouth received $1,500 from someone identified as 69-year-old J.S., “creating the impression that he would use her funds for the design and installation of a septic system, which he knew was false,” the police said.

Misdemeanor charges state that Strouth misrepresented himself when he told J.S. that he could not install the system. Police also say that Strouth showed J.S. a forged septic permit application.

Police said the forgery charge alleges “that on or about Sept. 16, 2019, Mr. Strouth made, completed, or uttered a writing – a State permit application for an individual sewage disposal system – purporting to be the act or acts of another, with a purpose to defraud.”

Strouth will be arraigned on Aug. 13 at Belknap County Superior Court. Prosecutors will include Assistant Attorneys General John Garrigan of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, and Bryan Townsend II of the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit.


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