Lee Anthony Kaufman, 56 of Cartersville, was arrested in Rome after police said he took money for a construction project that he never completed.

Police said that Kaufman was given $43,633 in March 2023. In August, Kaufman returned $25,000 of the funds.  The victim told police that they gave Kaufman time to return the remainder of the money, but he failed to do so.

Authorities added that Kaufman used the money for other purposes than the work he had promised to complete.

Kaufman is charged with conversion of payments for real property improvements