Oregon contractor jailed on theft, racketeering charges
Jul. 20, 2017
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Central Oregon contractor has been indicted on racketeering and theft charges.
Katie Thraen tells KTVZ (https://is.gd/UiIcKo ) that she hired John McClean to build her family's new home in Tumalo, unaware his state contracting license had been suspended.
Thraen eventually fired McClean, but not before her family was $80,000 in the hole.
She says one of the walls McClean started was not up to code, and an inspector told her it could have fallen.
Moreover, a building supply company served a lien against the property. She owed more $30,000 — money she had already given to McClean with the belief he had given it to the company.
Thraen pursued a criminal case after tracking down other clients who had similar complaints.
McClean has not entered a plea. He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held on $250,000 bail.
Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/