Contractor Charged With Home Repair Fraud Following Elk City Tornado

A southwest Oklahoma contractor has been charged with felony construction fraud following the tornado that hit Elk City last May. But he is denying the claims made in the charges.

Chris Poindexter, owner of Pridex Construction Company of Lone Wolf was the subject of a 37-page arrest warrant issued this week. He was charged after police in Elk City investigated a complaint made by Alan Beck of Elk City. Beck had hired him to do repairs to his home following the deadly tornado.

Charges indicate that Poindexter tried to charge Beck $30,000 more than agreed on. Beck claimed Poindexter tried to double-bill him on some of the repairs but Poindexter is denying it.

“I’m not paid to this day and now I’m facing a felony charge,” said Poindexter in an interview with News 9. “And I have been arrested for home repair fraud. I’m speechless. But the police say it’s a valid charge. We’ll let the court proceedings take care of them.”