Noblesville man named as co-defendant, faces same 42 felony charges



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Kurt Beard, 31, of Noblesville, is now listed as a co-defendant in the case against Veteran Construction owner Mike Friery, which means he is charged with the same 42 felonies of home improvement fraud and theft. (Photo provided)


GREENFIELD — A second person has been charged in the home improvement fraud case that is now estimated to have left $1 million of paid work on central Indiana homes unfinished.

At least a dozen of those victims live in Hancock County, according to the original charging documents filed against the company’s owner earlier this month.

Kurt Beard, 31, of Noblesville, is now listed as a co-defendant in the case against Veteran Construction owner Mike Friery, which means he is charged with the same 42 felonies of home improvement fraud and theft.

Prosecutors originally charged Friery with 36 felonies but added more counts as the investigation grew.

Friery has been under investigation since last summer after police took multiple complaints from homeowners who hired him to repair their roofs, and he didn’t complete the work, court documents state.

Beard was an office manager for Friery, whose office was at one time based in Fishers. Beard recently filed for bankruptcy, citing nearly $1 million in claims against him personally and Veteran Construction.

Beard pleaded not guilty to the charges at an initial hearing Monday afternoon and was released from Hancock County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

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