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Centralia Couple Ordered To Make $64,585 Restitution As Part Of Home Repair Fraud Plea

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A husband and wife who operated a Centralia roofing company have both pleaded guilty in Marion County Court to a single count of home repair fraud.

As part of the plea, 60-year-old Mark and 52-year-old Willella Timmons of Hester Street will repay $64,585 to all of the victims in Marion County who said they gave the Timmons' money for roofing work that was never completed. The two will also have to serve two years probation, pay court costs, and undergo drug evaluation, treatment and random testing. Mark Timmons who had remained in jail since the cases were originally brought against him will also be given credit for 180 days already served.

State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach felt there was little chance for prison time since neither of the Timmons had a prior criminal record. He did feel it was important to have the sentence include restitution for all of the victims.

Mark Timmons had been charged with a total of 24 home repair or aggravated home repair charges along with 11 counts charging violation of the roofing contractor licensure requirement and two counts of theft by deception. Willella Timmons was charged in connection with 12 counts of home repair or aggravated home repair fraud and one count of theft by deception. 

Mark Timmons' state roofing license expired on June 30th of 2011. His bond had expired in April 2011 and his insurance had lapsed in 2010. In most cases, Timmons started the work but never returned to complete it.

Wilzbach says Mark Timmons still faces one additional home repair fraud charge in Washington County that is still pending.

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