A 30-year-old west suburban has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more than $135,000 from former clients and a business associate of his home remodeling company.
David Briggs of the 6700 block of Lakeview Court in Woodridge pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of financial institution fraud and one count of theft by deception, both Class 2 felonies, according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.
Thursday morning, Judge Robert Miller sentenced Briggs to nine years in prison.
On Dec. 17, 2014, Briggs met with a client of his remodeling company and quoted the 79-year-old man a price of $31,495 to remodel the man’s kitchen and install siding on the house, prosecutors said. He received a down payment of $17,000.
Over the next several days, prosecutors allege Briggs swindled the man out of more money — more than $115,000 — but never performed any work on the client’s house.
In a similar situation, another client was persuaded to give Briggs more than $30,000, prosecutors said. Also, Briggs never paid a business associate nearly $14,000 for graphics and logo work.
Briggs, who was ordered to pay full restitution to all his victims, is required to serve 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
“Mr. Briggs’ greed knows no boundaries,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “Whether stealing more than $115,000 from an elderly gentleman or refusing to pay $14,000 for services provided to him, Mr. Briggs is only concerned about himself. His inability to control his greed, however, has caught up with him and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars for his actions.”