Former Window Planet senior officer jailed for theft
BURLINGTON, Ky. — Following consumer complaints, the former Window Planet senior officer is facing theft charges in three counties across the three states and has spent the past five weeks in jail, according to court records and court records. jail lists.
In Hamilton County, a grand jury indicted Tara Curles with five felonies, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony. She also faces theft charges in Boone and Warren counties.
Curles pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“They had a business model of theft,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in an interview with WCPO 9 I-Team on Thursday.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is the special prosecutor in the criminal case filed in Hamilton County. Yost’s office is also suing Window Planet and Curles in civil court for alleged violations of state consumer protection laws.
According to the civil complaint, the defendants engaged in “unfair and deceptive” practices, took thousands of dollars from customers without providing windows and other items, and performed “poor and substandard work.”
Yost said more than 100 victims are part of the civil suit and there is at least $230,000 in damages.
“It’s unusual to see this kind of repetition – over and over and over again – in person after person,” Yost said. “It’s a big deal with a lot of people injured.”
In an email, Curles’ attorney Michael Bouldin declined to comment.
WCPO 9 Don’t Waste Your Money reporter John Matarese exposed consumer complaints against Window Planet in a series of articles in 2021 and 2022.
Last year, Norwood resident Patty Kroell said she waited seven months for windows that still hadn’t been delivered.
“With our incorporation, they weren’t supposed to be able to prosecute me personally,” Curles told a Boone County deputy during his July 11 arrest.
The I-Team received the body camera video documenting Curles’ arrest in response to a public records request.
In a vehicle en route to jail, Curles told a deputy, “we just ran out of money.”
Curles blamed soaring prices during the pandemic which had a “domino effect” on the company.
“2021 was when the struggle started,” she told the deputy on the body camera recording. “Somehow it all ended at the beginning of the year.”
Curles spent 17 days in the Boone County Jail, according to the jail’s website. Then she was transferred to the Hamilton County Justice Center.
On Thursday, the Justice Center’s online inmate list showed Curles was still housed there.