SCIU Detectives Arrest Construction Fraud/Theft Suspect
Public’s Help Requested
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit (SCIU) Detectives arrested 47-year-old Nathaniel D. Brant, charging him with several felony theft charges in relation to fraudulent pole building construction projects. Known victims lost thousands of dollars for work that was never started or never completed by Brant.
Detectives would like to talk to anyone who had business dealings with Brant (known to use aliases) or with R & B Construction, the company run by Brant.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit (SCIU) Detectives have been investigating several reports from victims reporting the payment of thousands of dollars to Brant through his business, R & B Construction.
In these cases, the victims wanted steel pole buildings constructed on their property. They paid Brant several tens of thousands of dollars upfront to purchase materials per the contract Brant supplied and signed. On some jobs, materials were purchased and the building framed but never completed. On others, nothing was purchased, and no work was completed.
The victims contacted Brant, who reportedly provided excuses at first but soon stopped communicating with the victims.
Through the ongoing investigation, Detective Hixson identified six recent victims and established probable cause to charge Brant with ten counts of Theft 1st Degree and one count of Forgery. Brant is currently being held in the Spokane County Jail on six of the ten counts of 1st Theft and Forgery in addition to some unrelated charges. His total bond is set at $31,000, with the additional charges expected to be forthcoming.
Investigators would like to talk to anyone who had similar fraudulent business dealings with Nathaniel Brant (AKA Nathan Rutherford) or R & B Construction in the last few years.
If you have information that you believe could help with this investigation, you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10159694.