November 4, 2013

Pool contractor facing indictment for allegedly failing to finish work

Submitted by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office

— An ongoing investigation dating back to 2009 into complaints about swimming pool contractor Bruce Whitten Sr. resulted in his arrest Friday on a 13-count grand jury indictment.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee received seven complaints from clients of Whitten’s business involving work that was paid for but wasn’t done or wasn’t completed. Three customers went to other contractors for the work Whitten was contracted to do resulting in additional costs.

Last week, the grand jury indicted Whitten on five counts of contractors misapplication of payment,  two counts of offense by a home improvement service, two counts of theft over $10,000, three counts of theft over $1,000 and one count of theft over $500.

Whitten is 59 years old and lives on Davis Drive in Cleveland. He remains in custody with his bond set at $100,000.

The case against Whitten was investigated by the criminal Investigations division of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Other people who contracted Whitten that have not received satisfactory results are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (423) 728-7337.