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Pool company owner faces more charges

Jim William Terry faces new grand theft charges in connection with his pool business.

Terry, 54, of 1534 Assembly Point Drive, Sebring, was arrested Wednesday on six grand theft charges and one charge of scheme to defraud, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest report states that on Sept. 17, 2013 a homeowner paid $4,739.12 for pool equipment, including a heater and pump, but none of the items have arrived. On September 24, 2013, the homeowner paid for repairs and $1,112 worth of those repairs have not been completed.

The report states there have been a total of five incidents reported where Terry has conducted similar actions resulting in him being charged with grand theft.

“These incidents are clearly a systematic, ongoing course of conduct with the intent to defraud one or more persons or with the intent to obtain property (currency) from each person by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act,” the report states.

Terry was arrested in April by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with four counts of third-degree grand theft and four counts of scheme to fraud.