ENID, Okla. — A Shawnee man was charged Monday with felony counts of embezzlement and violation of the Consumer Protection Act after failing to meet contract agreements for a contract he signed last year.
Chase Michael Kellogg, 21, faces up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 and could be ordered to pay restitution on the embezzlement charge. He also faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the charge of violation of the Consumer Protection Act.
The charges accuse Kellogg of entering into a contract and cashing an $8,000 check but not beginning the work outlined in the contract between May 5 and Nov. 6, 2019.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, on Sept. 20, 2019, Deputy Drew Gibson was sent to Waukomis to take a report of a fraud.
Gibson spoke with a man who said he used Kellogg as a contractor to build a shop at his residence, according to the affidavit. The man provided Gibson with a copy of the contract. The man said the contract and check were signed May 5, 2019.
The man said construction of the shop was delayed due to bad weather, according to the affidavit. The man said once the weather got better and the ground dried, Kellogg gave him nothing but excuses to delay the work.
The man said he gave Kellogg the benefit of the doubt and waited but then tried to contact Kellogg for an update and was unable to make contact, according to the affidavit. The man said he gave Kellogg a check for $8,000 for lumber, sheet material and insulation.
He said the check was cashed but he did not receive any material for the shop, according to the affidavit.
On Nov. 5, 2019, Deputy Becky Allison searched Oklahoma State Court Network for Kellogg, using his middle name and date of birth, according to the affidavit. She found several civil cases against Kellogg for not performing or completing work on projects after he'd been paid.
Kellogg also has a pending felony case in Pottawatomie County for embezzlement and violation of the the Consumer Protection Act, according to the affidavit. There also was a 2018 report to Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office where Kellogg was paid to complete construction job but never began the work.
In the Pittsburg County case, Kellogg admitted to the scam, saying there was nothing the victim could do do about it and that he'd done the same thing to a woman in Shawnee, according to the affidavit.
A warrant has been issued for Kellogg's arrest, according to online court records. Bond on the warrant has been set at $12,500.