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BLOOMINGTON — McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp will review  police reports and indictments filed in Will County against a Lexington contractor charged there with home repair fraud and theft.

Justin Barr, 39, was arrested Thursday in Will County on charges accusing him of taking thousands of dollars from two Joliet residents for construction work he did not perform. The multiple felony counts allege the thefts and fraud occurred between March 2017 and August 2018.

On Friday, Knapp said he will review any McLean County police reports related to Barr, and also has requested copies of the indictments filed in Will County.

In 2014, a judgment for $86,834 was entered against Barr in McLean County related to a contract for roof repairs to the kindergarten through third-grade building at Epiphany Catholic School in Normal.

The lawsuit, filed by the school, alleged that Barr's substandard work cost the school an additional $20,293 over what he was paid according to terms of the $169,969 contract.

Doing business as J Built Buildings when he signed a contract in May 2013 with Epiphany, Barr agreed to complete work by Aug. 5, 2013, according to court records.

"However, by Aug. 5, 2013, the work was nowhere near complete," the school alleged in the lawsuit.

Problems with roof repairs caused water damage that required the school to pay $7,500 to a restoration firm, said the court filing. The school also had to resolve issues with the company that provided materials for the project.

An arrest warrant filed in Will County lists Barr's employment as Construction-Frame Solutions. He must post $35,000 to be released.

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.