Local contractor accused of scamming dozens asks for leniency

A contractor accused of scamming dozens of customers and working under three business names appeared in Dane County court Jan. 12, facing criminal charges of theft by a contractor for between $10,000 and $100,000.

Tyler Hansen has been charged with fraud and other crimes in at least two Wisconsin counties. Hansen and his wife — along with a third employee — are expected to soon face additional charges in Sauk, Waukesha, Walworth, and Green counties as well, according to a report from Channel3000.

Dane County prosecutors asked that Hansen be held on a $10,000 bond, but Hansen, who was defending himself, said he would be unable to pay. He told the court that he was been working to provide refunds to dissatisfied customers and if jailed he would be unable to continue making restitution. Hansen claims to have paid over 80 refunds last year and two more last week.

Judge David Conway ultimately gave Hansen a signature bond instead. His next court appearance is a status conference scheduled for Jan. 20.