MT. CLEMENS, Mich. (FOX 2) – A contractor who scammed numerous individuals is headed to jail, even though his wife who helped him was sentenced to probation.
Darrin Ballard is a conman builder featured in a Corridor of Disgrace story in the summer months of 2020. After that story, other victims arrived ahead, leading to extra stories.
There was also his wife Caroline who experimented with to consider the heat off Darrin when Rob Wolchek confronted him, but she finished up just implicating herself in the plan.
Wolchek: “Do you truly feel poor about this?”
Caroline: “No remark.”
Wolchek: “I kinda sense like you acquired tricked by Darrin into carrying out all this. Did you?”
Caroline: “No comment.”
Darrin and Caroline Ballard
In 2020, Michelle paid a company identified as Hatt Design to do some reworking, but obtained a undesirable emotion when meant contractor Darrin Ballard kept placing off her position. And when he did display up just walked in her doorway.
When she googled the guy, he found out he was a lifelong felon with tons of fraud convictions in his previous. And in the current, he hardly ever finished her reworking.
After FOX 2 aired that story., Wolchek read from Steve, Sterna, Jennifer, Lance, and Marlene., who all claimed Darrin Ballard and Hatt Construction took their funds and either did horrible get the job done or no work at all.
When Wolchek confronted Darrin, he denied he was running a fraud: “Yeah yeah. I ripped off persons long back…I will not do that any more.”
And when asked accomplishing positions devoid of a contractor’s license, something he’d been convicted of numerous occasions, Caroline Ballard admitted she’s the operator of Hatt Development.
Caroline: “I comprehend that you have a dilemma with his felony report but if you glimpse at me and my record and yeah, I’m younger. It’s possible I did not know I had to have a contractor’s license.”
Wolchek: “So why really don’t you get a contractor’s license?”
Caroline: “I really don’t know accurately how to go about that. I’m new to this. I’ve only had this business for 3 yrs.”
Just after that, Wolchek satisfied Francine. Darrin and Caroline Ballard promised to build her a new kitchen area. As a substitute, they demolished her kitchen area and remaining her by itself, in a wheelchair, in a pandemic, in a house that now had no kitchen area and no flooring.
Warren police saw the story and soon arrested the pair.
Very last thirty day period, Caroline Ballard pleaded no contest to staying a contractor without a license, a misdemeanor, and no contest to attempted fake pretenses additional than a thousand bucks.
She was sentenced final 7 days to probation, group provider and restitution to her victims, like Francine, of virtually $14,000.
Wolchek: “You know Francine is a great woman. You know that. You truly feel undesirable about that?”
Caroline: “You have a awesome working day now. No remark.”
And now Darrin is currently being sentenced in Decide Joseph Toia’s Macomb County Circuit courtroom.
He pleaded no contest to felony wrong pretenses, misdemeanor fake pretenses and being a contractor with out a license. And Darrin is a recurring offender, so he’s in massive problems.
Right before court, Wolchek spoke to him.
Wolchek: “I hope you get your things alongside one another. You gotta stop messing up gentleman. You never want to go to jail once again do you?”
Darrin: “No sir.”
But he is heading to jail, and he appreciates it.
“To my wife and my loved ones, I like you. And any individual else I have wasted their time, I’m just truly sorry, and I want to make it suitable,” he mentioned.
Darrin was sentenced to a 12 months in county jail as well as $10,000 in restitution.
And the ballad of Ballard arrives to a near. Let us hope there are no more verses.