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Sarasota paving company owners arrested after collecting $35,000 for jobs they never completed

Posted: 10:51 AM, Nov 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-28 15:51:34Z

The owners of a Sarasota paving company have been arrested after they collected more than $35,000 and never completed any work for multiple clients. 

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested Arthur and Cynthia Borchert, owners of Trademark Pavers, and charged them with eight counts of Embezzlement: Misapplication of Construction Funds and two single counts of Scheming to Defraud More than $20,000. 

Detectives launched the investigation after they received a report from a Sarasota resident who paid the owners more than $4,500 in June 2018 to install pavers in his driveway and three months went by without any work being completed. Deputies found eight additional victims, who collectively paid the Borcherts more than $35,000 for paving work that was never completed. 

Arthur Borchert's cousin, Thomas Borchert, 45, who also owns a paving company, was charged in October with 2 counts of Theft and a single count of Fraud. He was the owner of Five Star Brick Pavers and reportedly collected almost $15,000 without performing any work. 

Arthur and Cynthia Borchert were released on Tuesday, November 27 on a combined $135,000 bond. Deputies say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.