Bucksport home repairman indicted on fraud, theft charges



ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury Aug. 5 indicted a Bucksport man who solicits home repair jobs on more than 13 counts of theft and home repair fraud.

Chandler Wilson III, 44, faces six counts of theft by deception, four counts of theft of services and three counts of home repair fraud, according to a copy of the grand jury’s findings.

The incidents allegedly occurred between Aug. 1, 2017, and Oct. 1, 2019. The Bucksport Police Department is the investigating agency.

“These cases are very challenging to analyze and there is certainly a slippery slope where the conduct turns from a civil dispute into a criminal charge,” said Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples. “The line is not very clear, and we do review these on a case-by-case basis, looking at numerous factors before making a charging decision.”

Staples said that one contributing factor that weighed strongly toward prosecution in this case was Wilson’s use of homeowners’ funds at times to pay for other people’s projects, all while promising that he had bought their materials.

“Mr. Wilson promised numerous homeowners in the area that he would do certain home repair work, took their money, and then never followed through,” Staples said. “When he did do work, it was not of a reasonable quality, and had to be repaired by another professional, incurring even more loss on the part of the trusting homeowners.”

“The length of time that the failure to perform went on for is another factor, as is the sheer egregiousness of the theft,” said Staples. “At some point it turns into a case where a reasonable factfinder could see that Mr. Wilson intended to deceive at the time of the original agreement with the homeowners, which is a key point in these cases.”

District Attorney Matt Foster represented Wilson in another matter while Foster worked as a defense attorney some years ago. Maine law prohibits prosecutors from having anything to do with prosecutions of former clients. Thus, Staples is handling the matter.

The grand jury also indicted Wilson on one count each of burglary, criminal trespass, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Feb. 7, 2020, in Orland.

At the time of the indictment, Wilson had not yet obtained counsel, according to a copy of the indictment.

The following others also were indicted:

  • Cody Berry, 30, Corinna, operating after revocation, operating without a license, violating conditions of release Dec. 1, 2020, in Trenton.
  • Benjamin Boscia, 44, Ellsworth, aggravated criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and violating conditions of release July 4 in Ellsworth; two counts of burglary and one count each criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release July 10 in Ellsworth.
  • Wendy Cassidy, 38, Brewer, two counts operating after revocation and one count operating without a license Feb. 12 in Bucksport.
  • Matthew A. Foster, 41, Deer Isle, four counts unlawful drug possession, one count each illegal possession of hypodermic apparatus and violating conditions of release March 9, 2020, in Ellsworth.
  • Alexander Guptill, 26, Trenton, two counts unlawful drug possession and one count each driving to endanger and carrying a concealed weapon Nov. 11, 2020, in Bar Harbor.
  • Tori Hackett, 39, Enfield, three counts unlawful drug possession and one count each failure to give correct name and address and violating conditions of release Feb. 11 in Dedham.
  • Christina Hobbs, 25, Tremont, four counts unlawful drug possession Feb. 11 in Dedham.
  • Adam Kneeland, 39, Bucksport, domestic violence assault, criminal mischief and obstructing a report of a crime or injury May 12 in Bucksport.
  • Carl Lemoine, 39, Swan’s Island, one count each unlawful drug trafficking and trafficking in prison contraband and two counts each unlawful drug possession Jan. 2 in Ellsworth.
  • Nathaniel Madore, 33, Corinth, eluding an officer, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended vehicle and criminal speed Jan. 21 in Ellsworth.
  • Morgan Maynard, 28, Hollis, N.H., aggravated drug trafficking, unlawful drug trafficking and three counts unlawful drug possession Jan. 2 in Tremont.
  • Casey McElligott, 36, Marivaille, two counts each burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer April 7 in Otis.
  • Christopher McGinn, 35, Howland, three counts unlawful drug possession Feb. 11 in Otis.
  • Dustin Pulkkinen, 33, Bar Harbor, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault May 2 in Bar Harbor; violating conditions of release July 8 in Bar Harbor.
  • David Richards, 37, Gouldsboro, attempted aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening May 20 in Gouldsboro.
  • Darrell Rogers, 37, Medford, two counts each burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and one count violating conditions of release April 7 in Otis.
  • Amanda Sanborn, 34, aggravated assault, domestic violence assault and endangering the welfare of a child May 19 in Bucksport.
  • Taylor Sanborn, 29, Tremont, two counts domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and one count each domestic violence terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and criminal mischief June 9 in Tremont.
  • Dylan Santiago, 23, Newport News, Va., aggravated assault, domestic violence assault and obstructing a report of a crime or injury May 1 in Dedham.
  • Jeremy Sawyer, 42, Brooklin, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, operating after suspension, operating without a license Dec. 24, 2020, in Ellsworth.
  • Darren Smith, 40, Ellsworth, eluding an officer, operating after revocation, aggravated operating after revocation, criminal speed, driving to endanger, improper plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, violating conditions of release, criminal mischief, unlawful drug possession and operating without a license June 16 in Trenton, Ellsworth and Lamoine.
  • Zachary Snowman, 26, Bucksport, gross sexual assault Aug. 9, 2019-Aug. 9, 2020, in Orland.
  • Pamela Stem, 43, Hancock, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence assault May 27 in Hancock.
  • Brandon Tibbetts, 26, Addison, domestic violence assault July 2 in Ellsworth.
  • Stacy Turcotte, 49, Franklin, two counts each possession of sexually explicit material, dissemination of sexually explicit material and dissemination of sexually explicit material and one count of criminal forfeiture June 30, 2019-Sept. 10, 2019, in Franklin.
  • Benjamin Viggiano, 24, Ridgefield, Conn., burglary, aggravated criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Nov. 16, 2020, in Blue Hill.
  • Joshua Wilson, 19, Bucksport, burglary, falsifying physical evidence, criminal mischief and criminal trespass March 6 in Bucksport.
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