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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City contractor is facing an embezzlement charge after he allegedly took a customer’s money but never finished the job.

Officials with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office say 33-year-old Taylor Clark Wheeler, with Republic Roofing and Remodeling, promised to install a safe room at an Oklahoma City resident’s home.

Wheeler reportedly charged the victim $15,500 for the safe room and $7,100 for labor costs and additional materials needed to remodel the home for a safe room.

Wheeler told the victim that a $9,000 deposit would be needed to place the order. The resident also paid an additional $7,100 for labor and materials up front.

Authorities say Wheeler never installed a safe room and no work was initiated.

Wheeler is being charged with one count of embezzlement. If convicted, Wheeler faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.