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Charges are being filed against Jason Elliott Keaton alleging that he committed grand theft and petty theft.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 2:06 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2019 6:57 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Charges have been filed against 49-year-old Jason Elliott Keaton alleging that he committed grand theft and petty theft.

District Attorney Stephanie Stephanie Bridgett said Friday that Keaton was arrested but had posted bail and was released.

The Tehama  County Sherriff's Office released Keaton's arrest photos to Action News Now. 

Reports revealed that six victims hired Keaton for residential drafting and design services. Investigative reports said that he was paid to perform the work.

Bridgett told our crews "as far as the evidence suggests he did no work at all for those people." 

Three of the six victims lost their homes in the Carr Fire and hired Keaton to design their new homes.

"When we look at any case we are looking at how vulnerable any victim is when deciding on how aggressively to prosecute the case," the District Attorney says  "someone's home who has had their home destroyed... then we are looking at someone who is a significant victim already."

Keaton accepted payments from each of the victims, but never completed the services he was hired for and ultimately ceased communications with the victims when they would ask about the status of their designs.

The District Attorney's office is saying if anyone else has been a victim of Keaton to step forward. 

The victims combined losses total $14,550 and Keaton's arraignment will be on September 23rd.

Shasta County District Attorney is asking if anyone has additional information to contact their Consumer Protection Unit Hotline 530-225-5391.

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