Columbia man charged with breach of trust after defrauding people with his Lexington based business
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – A 70-year-old Columbia man has been arrested by agents with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent (more than $10,000). Elbert C. “Kit” Boan, Jr’s. arrest comes after an investigation that revealed he failed to deliver goods and services with his Lexington based business after being paid. Boan committed these crimes between 2015 and 2017 while operating SunTek Energy Pros in the 5100 block of Sunset Boulevard.
According to affidavits, Boan intentionally defrauded multiple homeowners of more than $10,000 in a scheme involving solar energy panels and energy savings devices. Agents believe he composed fraudulent contracts for these devices he was supposed to have installed at their homes. Once the homeowners signed these contracts, Boan would take their payments in full and deposit it in his bank account in Lexington. He then either completed just part of the work described in the contract or did not do any of the work at all. Numerous homeowners tried fruitlessly to contact Boan regarding the issues with the incomplete or undone work. They eventually turned to law enforcement for assistance after failing to reach him.
Boan defrauded people in Aiken, Lancaster, Bamberg, Chester, and Richland counties. When agents interviewed him, he admitted he had not completed work he had been prepaid to do.
Boan is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center. This case will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.