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MOORE v. THE STATE.
38925.
Misappropriating funds. Cobb Superior Court. Before Judge Manning.
JORDAN, Judge.
The verdict rendered being demanded by the evidence, the trial court did not err in denying the defendant's amended motion for a new trial.
W. V. Moore was indicted, tried and convicted in the Superior Court of Cobb County for a violation of Code Ann. 26-2812 which provides as follows: "Any architect, landscape architect, engineer, contractor, subcontractor, or other person who, with intent to defraud, shall use the proceeds of any payment made to him on account of improving certain real property for any other purpose than to pay for labor or service performed on or, materials furnished by his order for this specific improvement, while any amount for which he may be or become liable for such labor, services, or materials remains unpaid shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years, or upon the recommendation of the jury, or in discretion of the trial judge, punished for a misdemeanor. A failure to pay for the material or labor so furnished shall be prima facie evidence of intent to defraud." (Ga. L. 1941, p. 480.) The trial court denied the defendant's amended motion for a new trial which is the judgment under review.
The undisputed evidence in this case disclosed that the defendant entered into a contract with A. D. Campbell to construct a residence for Campbell; that he received from Campbell the sum of $15,988.90 to be used for the payment of labor and materials in the construction of the house in question, prior to his abandonment of construction; and that certain materialmen's liens were recorded against the property as a result of purchases made by Moore prior to the abandonment of construction in the amount of $3,814.03, which were later satisfied by Campbell. Campbell testified that in his best judgment a sum in excess of $5,000 was paid the defendant which was not used for the payment of costs incurred in the construction by the defendant. There was also introduced in evidence by the State a financial statement prepared by the defendant's attorney which showed the receipt of $15,988.90 by the defendant from Campbell and an itemized disbursement of $11,601.16, leaving a balance of $4,337.74 of the amount received which was not accounted for.
Under these circumstances, the verdict rendered was demanded by the evidence; and the trial court did not err, accordingly, in denying the defendant's amended motion for a new trial.
Judgment affirmed. Townsend, P. J., and Frankum, J., concur.
Luther C. Hames, Solicitor-General, Ben F. Smith, Assistant Solicitor-General, contra.
Holcomb & McDuff, Frank D. Holcomb, Grubbs & Prosser, for plaintiff in error.
DECIDED JUNE 30, 1961.
Friday May 22 23:39 EDT


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