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Scott County grand jury indicts Kingsport man on felony contractor fraud charges

May 9th, 2014 1:01 pm by Wes Bunch

Scott County grand jury indicts Kingsport man on felony contractor fraud charges


GATE CITY — A Scott County grand jury indicted a Kingsport man on felony contractor fraud charges for an alleged paving scam he attempted to carry out.

Frank Edward Small, 54, of Kingsport, was indicted Monday on a single count of violating Virginia business regulations for the third time in 36 months.

Small was arraigned Thursday in Scott County Circuit Court. His next appearance is scheduled for June 11.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office began investigating Small in early March 2014 after it received a report of a possible scam from a homeowner near Nickelsville.

Scott County Sheriff John Puckett said Small told the homeowner he wouldn't be able to give him a price until he was finished paving the driveway.

Once the work was complete, Small told the alleged victim the work would cost $8,000.

When the man could only produce $2,200, Small allegedly told him he would give him two or three more days to come up with the money.

At that point, Puckett said the homeowner contacted the sheriff's office.

In addition to over charging for the project, Puckett said Small is banned from doing contractor work in Virginia due to his criminal history.

Small's legal troubles are not limited to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office charged Small in 2011 with theft over $1,000 in connection with an alleged  fraud case.

The Sullivan County District Attorney's Office said Small is scheduled to stand trial there in May. 

A Sullivan County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Small has also been listed as a suspect by victims in several paving scam cases over the last two years.

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