Schuette: Rochester Hills Man Sentenced on Fraud and Conspiracy Charges for Using His Contracting Business to Steal Thousands from Prospective Clients

Contact: Andrea Bitely, Megan Hawthorne; 517-373-8060
Agency: Attorney General

May 24, 2018

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that John Houston Floyd of Rochester Hills has been sentenced to up to 21 years in prison on multiple felony charges stemming from fraud he committed through his various construction businesses, harming Michigan homeowners and a locally-owned bank.  

“When someone betrays the trust of and steals from their customer it is not only disgraceful but illegal,” said Schuette. “Today’s sentence should serve as a reminder to others that there are legal consequences for actions that break the law. Financial crimes ruin lives, setting families back years in savings, and causing hardships with long term impacts.”

Floyd pleaded guilty as charged on April 24. He was sentenced to the following on May 21, 2018 before Judge Hala Jarbou in Oakland County Circuit Court:

  • 4 ½ years to 15 years on one count of Fraud by False Pretenses;
  • 4 ½ to 7 ½ years on one count of Conspiracy; and
  • 4 ½ to 21 years on one count of Forgery affecting real property.

Floyd was sentenced as a habitual offender. His sentences will be served concurrently.

He was also ordered to pay restitution to clients who had money stolen and Flagstar Bank. Floyd contested the amount and there will be a hearing on restitution on June 27.

Case Background

This case was investigated as part of the Detroit Metro Identity Theft Task Force and lead by the Rochester Police Department.

Floyd is a building contractor and has two companies registered in his name. Cement Giants LLC and Roof Giants LLC.  The investigation uncovered that Floyd would collect money from potential clients for construction projects that he then failed to complete.

 In addition, he conspired to obtain money fraudulently from the Rochester Flagstar Bank Branch.

The scheme involved depositing a check into a personal bank account that could not clear the bank. The check was then transferred to the bank account of Floyd’s business where it was withdrawn. This defrauded the bank of tens of thousands of dollars.