Cabinet maker sent to prison for failing to deliver services

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 6:12 p.m. MDT

RIVERTON — A contractor was ordered to serve up to 15 years in prison for promising kitchen cabinets and collecting pre-payments on orders, but never following through with any of the work.

Steven Jay Sizemore, 31, pleaded guilty this week to five counts of communications fraud, three second-degree felonies and two third-degree felonies. He was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of one to 15 years for the second-degree felonies and zero to five years for the others

But since his arrest in June of last year, investigators discovered that Sizemore, who was free on bail, was still accepting money from at least seven victims and continuing his scam as late as this past May.

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing counted 21 victims frauded out of $117,000 by Sizemore over three years starting in 2009, according to the Utah Attorney General's Office. Some families went without functioning kitchens for months and at least one family was forced to wash dishes in their bathtub, the Department of Commerce said in a prepared statement.

Sizemore, who was not a licensed contractor, advertised under his name and Backwoods Cabinetry on KSL.com and BuildWatch.com. During the time he was allegedly selling cabinets, he had filed for bankruptcy, the commerce department stated.

Sizemore was also ordered to pay restitution. He paid $5,000 at his sentencing hearing, court records indicate.

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