- Associated Press - Saturday, January 4, 2020

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man who admitted to committing home improvement fraud has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

Ryan Kimball, 34, of St. Johnsbury, was sentenced Friday for taking thousands of dollars from people for home improvement projects he never completed, the Times Argus reports.

Kimball pleaded guilty in October to charges of home improvement fraud and violating conditions of release. He was placed on probation for eight years and ordered to pay back restitution to his four victims per the plea agreement.

He took thousands of dollars from people for home improvement projects that he never completed, prosecutors said.

Kimball apologized to his victims in a letter he submitted to the court Friday. He said he never intended to steal from anyone.

“I should have been honest with you all but instead I lied and made excuses for my actions instead of just simply saying that I messed up and didn’t know how to fix the mess I created,” he wrote.

Kimball has also pleaded not guilty to home improvement fraud charges related to incidents in Sheffield, Lunenburg and Danville.

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