Builder indicted over unfinished construction

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Dr. Joyce Watford has a Ph.D. in English education and communications from Temple University. And Watford said she feels as if she earned another doctorate in 2002 in frustration from the University of Hard Knocks.

Watford decided early last year she wanted to remodel the front and back entrances at her Green Wilson Road home.

She said she contracted with Frankfort's Charles D. Blythe in April to build two 12-by-36-foot additions to her house - a parlor, entertainment room and bathroom in the front and an enclosed patio in the back. Blythe was listed in the yellow pages as a building contractor, she said.

Nine months and $36,000 later, Watford claims she was scammed and only has a big unfinished mess, inside and out.

Blythe, 36, of 815 Brawner St., was indicted Wednesday by a Franklin County grand jury on a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of property valued at $300 or more, a Class D felony.

The indictment claims Blythe, between April 24 and Oct. 8, 2002, "obtained monies from Dr. Joyce Watford upon an agreement and subject to a known legal obligation to make specified disposition of those monies and intentionally dealt with monies as his own and failed to make the required disposition."

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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