A Portage County contractor is now charged with theft and numerous counts of fraud following an investigation by the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection.
Court documents say in July 2012, Jason Napiwocki, 36, of Rosholt, quoted a project for $55,000 but months later requested an additional nearly $26,000 to finish.
Investigators say Napiwocki stated the project stalled because lumber was on back order, but the alleged victim said he called the lumber company only to learn the lumber was there, but still needed to be paid for.
The state agency said Napiwocki collected $45,000 and did not preform the work he was paid. Court documents went on to say only $5,000 was spent on the project.
He's free on a $5,000 dollar signature and will return to court next month.