- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man given $200,000 to build a house for a client has been charged with running off with the money.

The Paris Post-Intelligencer reported (http://bit.ly/1x1g5ny ) that sheriff’s deputies arrested 26-year-old Joshua L. Damesworth of Paris.

Damesworth is charged with theft of more than $60,000; impersonation of a licensed professional; contractor’s misapplication of payment; and failure to have a license required to build.

Investigators say Damesworth agreed to build a house for a Henry County woman in December 2012, but stopped construction six months later.

Deputies say Damesworth did not have a valid state contractor’s license when he accepted the money.

Damesworth’s bond was set at $75,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Damesworth.

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Information from: The Paris Post-Intelligencer, http://www.parispi.net/

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