Custom Touch developer given prison sentence for 13 felony charges


A person involved in the development of Custom Touch Village in Scurry County was sentenced to 10 years in prison, including six years probation, after being found guilty on 13 of 14 felony counts in Indiana.
David Ferguson, the former chief executive officer of Stone  Creek Homes, Inc., and former chief executive officer and public spokesman for Turn Key Solutions, which was the developer and owner of Custom Touch Village, was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and corrupt business influence, according to Indiana radio station WTCA.
The charges stemmed from failing to produce products for an investor and customer and failure to pay three employees. Additional charges stemmed from withholding funds for health insurance and failing to pay premiums.
Ferguson has been held in the Marshall County jail since the guilty verdict was read in March. During the sentencing hearing, he only spoke two words in response to questions from the bench.
Both Ferguson and his former business partner, Alan Donohue, appeared before Judge Robert Bowen in July 2014 and both were released after posting $15,000 bonds. The pair had faced a total of 25 counts that were handed down by a grand jury investigation in January and February 2014.
Donohue was granted immunity for his cooperation during the investigations and testimony at court proceedings.
Donohue testified that both he and Ferguson received $5,000 bonuses on May 8, 2012 to empty the company’s bank account. They also secured a loan for $100,000 through Stone Creek Homes, Inc., which they guaranteed personally to make a $50,000 payroll for hourly employees. The remaining $50,000 was transferred to Ferguson.
Testimony showed that Ferguson entered into a “Build for Invention” program with Plymouth, Ind. businessman Jeff Jones.
Jones gave Ferguson payments of $78,436, $74,385, and an additional $75,385. In return, Stone Creek was to use the payments to build housing units that are used as housing in the oil and gas fields for workers.
Court records also show that Ferguson took a down payment of $233,000 from Todd Morse of Fargo, N.D. for units. The units had never been put in the production schedule.