Builder ordered to pay $413,000 in restitution

TRAVERSE CITY — A local builder faces prison time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and restitution following a sentencing hearing this week.

Stallman Builders owner Charles Stallman was ordered to serve two to five years in prison and pay $413,000 in restitution to homeowners and subcontractors at a sentencing hearing in 13th Circuit Court Judge Philip E. Rodgers’ courtroom Monday.

He originally faced three counts of uttering and publishing, said Leelanau County assistant prosecuting attorney Tristan Chamberlain, and pleaded guilty to one felony count of violation of the construction lien act.

Stallman forged signatures and altered documentation to get waivers indicating subcontracted work was completed on two Leelanau County homes. He then collected money for the work but didn’t pay subcontractors, Chamberlain said. Stallman sometimes told homeowners work had been completed when it hadn’t.

The false documents were discovered by homeowners last year, Chamberlain said.

Traverse City lawyer, Craig Elhart, represented Stallman. He said they plan to appeal the decision immediately.

“It was far in excess of what the guidelines were,” Elhart said.

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