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Couple face two counts each


The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office filed two counts of embezzlement against a husband and wife who failed to perform work for which they were paid.

The charges were filed last month in McClain County District Court by the AG’s Consumer Protection Unit.

Arrest warrants are outstanding for Ricardo M. Trinidad, 61, and Ruth Ann Trinidad, 60.

According to an affidavit. the charges stem from two incidents in March 2021.

Ricardo Trinidad was doing business as Ricardo Chavez when he quoted Timothy Jones of Wayne $11,000 to do concrete work for an outbuilding at Jones’ home.

Jones paid $3,500 cash upfront to Ruth Trinidad, who gave him a receipt. Work was to begin one week later.

The couple never returned to do the work and ceased all communication with Jones.

In the second incident, Ricardo Trinidad quoted Scottie Hogue of Purcell $16,500 to build a concrete driveway at Hogue’s home.

Hogue agreed to pay for the work in phases, giving Ruth Trinidad a $5,000 check that day and a $5,700 check to purchase concrete supplies the following day.

Although Ricardo Trinidad set some forms and rebar the first day, he never returned and again ceased all communication.

Hogue then hired another contractor to complete the job. That contractor estimated the preparation work done by Ricardo Trinidad was worth approximately $1,000, according to the affidavit.


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