Montgomery roofer gets 10 years in fraud case

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MONTGOMERY, AL - Attorney General King announced Wednesday a 10-year sentence for a former Montgomery roofer convicted of theft and home repair fraud.

Mark Till was sentenced in Montgomery County Circuit Court to 10 years, which was split with the requirement that he serve one year in jail followed by two years of supervised probation.

Till was also ordered to pay $5,098 in restitution.

If he fails to make restitution or violates his probation, Attorney General King says he'll serve the full ten years behind bars. Till, 48, was the owner of Tip Top Roofing in Montgomery, which is no longer in operation.

Till pleaded guilty on February 25 to charges from a December 2009 indictment returned by a Montgomery County grand jury: one count of first-degree theft of property valued at more than $2,500, one count of second-degree theft of property valued between $500 and $2,500, and one count of home repair fraud. These crimes involve payments he received totaling $5,098 for roofing work that was never done.

Till also faces charges in Crenshaw County for theft and home repair fraud, Kings office said. The Crenshaw County charges came after the Attorney General's Office presented evidence to a grand jury there on February 16, resulting in an indictment* charging Till with one count of first-degree theft of property valued at more than $2,500 and one count of home repair fraud.

Till had been held at the Crenshaw County jail on a warrant related to these alleged crimes since October 15, 2009.

"This sentence sends a strong message to others that my office will not tolerate crimes against Alabama consumers. Prevention and vigilance are our best weapons against home repair fraud," King said.

The Attorney General urged consumers to be wary when hiring someone to do home repairs, and to take precautions like checking references, checking for appropriate licenses, and only paying a small amount of money before the work has been done.

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