Beldenville man charged with felony theft
A Beldenville man was charged last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with felony theft over $10,000, a Class G felony that brings a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 10 years prison if found guilty.
Gerald A. Langer, 56, has his next scheduled court appearance at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, for a pre-trial conference.
According to the criminal complaint, an Ellsworth man is alleging Langer entered into a contract with him to build a barn and a lean at the victim's residence for a total of $21,850. In September 2007, the victim wrote Langer two checks for $7,000 each, with the rest of the payment coming when the building started and when it was completed.
In November 2007, multiple calls to Langer went unanswered. The following month, a registered letter to Langer was returned. The case was then reported to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department last February.
Later that month, a member from the victim's family was able to reach Langer and he told her he was "completely at fault, but wants to make it right." He added he thought April would be the earliest possible start with the thawing.
The victim contacted Langer in April and got no response. In late May, Langer called and said he would start in June. By the fall, the complaint says, the victim had given up with Langer and had hired another contractor to build the barn.
For more please read the Jan. 7 print version of the Herald.