Contractor pleads not guilty in HB fraud case

A contractor has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree felony charge that he schemed to defraud Holmes Beach City government out of more than $50,000.

Chris Richard Arnold, 61, of Bradenton, entered his plea at the Manatee Judicial Center in Bradenton Oct. 7.

He was arrested last month on a warrant executed by the Holmes Beach Police Department.

The probable cause affidavit contains the allegation that Arnold, contracted by the city in June 2012 for street repair work, invoiced the city for work he didn’t complete.

The report said Arnold, in a systematic and intentional scheme to defraud, sent 12 invoices to the city and collected $92,830.50 for work that was not completed.

A case management discussion was set for Nov. 14 at the judicial center.

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