Cottage Hills man charged with home repair fraud

EDWARDSVILLE — A Cottage Hills man was charged Thursday with home repair fraud in Bethalto.

Brian K. Phillips, 52, of Cottage Hills, was charged Jan. 13 with aggravated home repair fraud, a class 2 felony, and theft of property over $500 by deception, a class 3 felony.

The case was brought by the Bethalto Police Department.

According to court documents, on June 9, Phillips failed to perform contract work in the 100 block of Woodcrest Drive and took control of approximately $3,900 from the victim.

Bail was set at $60,000.

Other felony charges filed January 13 by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office include:


• Tamie S. Robinson, 44, of Granite City, was charged with unlawful use of a credit card, a class 3 felony; two counts of forgery, all Class 3 felonies; and deceptive practices, a Class 4 felony. The case was brought by the Granite City Police Department. Between September 22 and October 5, 2020, Robinson allegedly used another person’s credit card to make multi-thousand dollar purchases at Lowe’s. Robinson is also accused of attempting to pass bad checks on November 18 and 30, 2020 and April 4. Bail was set at $50,000.

• Bret A. Bray, 33, of Madison, has been charged with retail theft over $300, a Class 3 felony. The case was brought by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. On July 16, Bray reportedly picked up a 65-inch Samsung 4K TV worth over $300 at Godfrey Walmart. Bail was set at $15,000.

• Lloyd J. Nagle, 37, of Granite City, has been charged with Theft Under $500 (second subsequent offence), a Class 4 felony. The case was brought by the Granite City Police Department. On November 21, Nagle allegedly took control of a “novelty shotgun toilet plunger” worth less than $500 from another person. Nagle has previous convictions for larceny in Madison County. Bail was set at $15,000.

• Valerie V. Rounds, 37, of Wood River, has been charged with Theft Under $500 (second subsequent offence), a Class 4 felony. The case was brought by the Alton Police Department. On December 1, Rounds allegedly took items worth less than $500 from another person. Rounds was previously convicted of theft in Linn County, Iowa in 2011. Bail was set at $20,000.

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