KEENE — A contractor accused of taking thousands of dollars from a client and then not performing the work, remains free on bail as his case shifts away from a proposed plea agreement and toward a trial, according to court records.
Jeremi Ham, 33, of High Street in Troy, is facing felony charges of theft by deception and witness tampering. According to court records, Ham allegedly collected more than $4,000 from a client to purchase materials for a construction project that never took place.
Ham is accused of never buying the materials for the job, refusing to provide a refund, and trying to get the victim to change his story after police were called in, according to court records.
Ham is currently serving a probationary sentence after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to misdemeanor charges that he’d stolen tools from a hardware store.
Ham was set to enter a plea agreement this week to resolve the felony charges, but the case is now scheduled for trial in July. According to court records, Ham’s change-of-plea hearing was scheduled for last month, but he requested a delay in order to explore work opportunities and to continue to negotiate a potential agreement with prosecutors.