Sarasota Business Owner Charged with Fraud, Theft

NEWS RELEASE 18-170 - OCTOBER 18, 2018
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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested the owner of Five Star Brick Pavers after he accepted nearly $15,000 from clients and never performed any work.  
 
Detectives launched their investigation into 45-year-old Thomas Borchert after learning he failed to complete work he promised to several Sarasota County residents. According to the victims, as early as 2015 Borchert agreed to renovate driveways and walkways however, ignored the residents after payment, never purchased any products or started any work, and never refunded the homeowners.
 
Following a lengthy investigation, detectives charged Borchert with Scheme to Defraud and two counts of Grand Theft. Borchert, DOB 05/30/73, of 2666 Sydelle Street, remains in custody today on $12,500 bond.