A Carbon County home improvement contractor was sentenced to a prison term in Chester County recently for not finishing work he was hired to do.

Richard H. Bauder Jr., 31, of Lansford was sentenced by Chester County Judge Anne Marie Wheatcraft on Friday to serve nine to 23 months in prison followed by two years of probation and pay restitution of $3,050.

Bauder pleaded guilty in three separate cases to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. Police said Bauder took money from at least three people to do home improvement work at their residences but failed to do any of the work.

Police said the victims attempted to get their money back from Bauder, who promised he would return it, but he never did.

Bauder has been in the Chester County prison since June, when he was jailed for a bail violation. The prison term runs from the June date with his minimum term running to March 2015.

Arrest records show that the incidents involving the three victims ran during a time frame of October to November 2013. He was charged Nov. 12.

Bauder was given several chances to repay the money but never made payments as promised to the victims.