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Charges against contractor dropped
Two felony charges against a Milford contractor were dropped in Caroline County Circuit Court Wednesday, but more charges could be pending.
Kevin Lee Langford, 44, owner of K.L. Langford Excavating, was charged with two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses for submitting bills to the Lake Land’Or Property Owner’s Association for work that was never done there.
But both charges were dropped by Judge Joseph J. Ellis by the request of Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer .
According to Spencer, Langford submitted a $342 bill in 2005 for installing a picket fence and a $3,058.83 bill in 2006 for delivering nearly 122 tons of sand to Lake Land’Or.
According to association official, none of that work was done, although the invoices were approved by Lake Land’Or’s former general manager Deborah “Debbie” James.
James pleaded guilty on Monday to grand larceny for submitting more than $200 in false reimbursement claims to the association. An attempted grand larceny charge was dropped.
She wont serve any jail time, but she is now a convicted felon and has to pay nearly $600 in restitution.
Spencer argued Wednesday that James, 49, who was the general manager of Lake Land’Or for nine years until October 2010, made an offer to another local contractor to get work done to a home she owned in King George County, but wanted the bill charged to the association’s account.
When that contractor refused, Spencer said James offered Langford the same deal in exchange for getting awarded more contracts in the gated community.
In court, Spencer said the Virginia State Police’s investigation is ongoing, but believes they will be able to produce evidence and witnesses that will prove that the two incidents that Langford is charged with is part of a bigger charge that involves a conspiracy.
Defense attorney John Goots argued that if Langford is going to be charged for a conspiracy, then the two current charges should be dismissed, not dropped.
The judge disagreed. No other court dates were scheduled.