Johnstown contractor charged with home improvement fraud | News

A Johnstown man was arraigned on Tuesday, accused of accepting $31,400 from a Jackson Township couple in June 2018 for home improvement work that was never performed, authorities said.

Colin O’Donnell, 35, doing business as O’Donnell Contracting, LLC, was charged with violating the home improvement protection act, home improvement fraud and theft by deception.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Jackson Township police, O’Donnell contracted with the Moshannon Drive couple to build an addition with work to begin in August 2018.

O’Donnell cashed the check in June, but no work was started, the complaint said.

O’Donnell told the couple that delays were the result of scheduling issues with the engineer and designer, permit delays and inclement weather, the complaint said.

Police said they determined that no building materials were purchased and no permits were obtained through the township.

“An experienced contractor would know how to apply for a permit

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Elmhurst man jailed with multiple felony charges including home repair fraud

CHICAGO — An Elmhurst man who operated a fraudulent business has been jailed in Will County on numerous felony charges, including home repair fraud and money laundering.

Edmund Kavanaugh, 46, operated a business known as “Goliath Construction Corporation”, which offered home repair, roofing, HVAC and appliances.

One family that fell victim to his fraudulent practices is glad that Kavanaugh will be unable to continue his illegal practices, which date back to 1995.

“We are thrilled he’s off the street and cannot take someone else’s deposit,” one Duggan sister said.

The sisters were referred to Kavanaugh on the “Moms of Beverly” Facebook page from a woman that turned out to be fictitious.

The Duggan family had spent over $8,000 for materials on a job that Kavanaugh said would cost over $32,000, to which he offered a payment plan.

The Duggan sisters said Kavanaugh showed them all of his papers, license, referrals

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Elmhurst Man Accused Of Home Repair Fraud

ELMHURST, IL — An Elmhurst man is accused of a number of home repair fraud schemes around the Chicago area. Authorities say they’re certain more victims exist.

According to Will County, Kavanaugh has been the subject of complaints throughout the suburbs. On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed on his house in Elmhurst.

According to the news release, Kavanaugh made incriminating statements during his interview with detectives at the Will County Sheriff’s Office. The office is encouraging victims to come forward and report Kavanaugh’s alleged crimes to their local jurisdictions.

Kavanaugh is in the Will County Jail on a $1 million bond, the release said.

In June, Patch found many examples of a Facebook user operating under the name “Jessica Munoz” answering inquiries on Facebook for home repair services. The user recommended a number of businesses with the same phone number, which is Kavanaugh’s. The business names included Edward Paint

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Alabama storm victims warned to look out for price gouging, home repair fraud

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRBL) – The Alabama Attorney General’s Office and Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams and price gouging during home repair or storm damage cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

State officials joined Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters and State Representative Matt Simpson in Fairhope, Ala. on Sept. 28 to warn coastal Alabamians about the possibility of fraud as they hire workers to repair storm damage.

As consumers begin the process of home repair, the HBLB recommends using licensed home builders and roofers, as required by law. On Sept, 23, HBLB Executive Director J.R. “Chip” Carden waived some requirements for issuance of a roofer license, allowing emergency roofers licenses to be issued in Baldwin and Mobile counties.

“Based on the Governor’s disaster declaration, the Home Builders Licensure Board has activated its emergency roofer license for Mobile and Baldwin

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Randolph man charged with home repair fraud

SABATTUS — A Randolph man has been charged with home repair fraud after he was accused of scamming an elderly woman out of money for work he never performed.

Jason Alec Pratt Kennebec County Jail

Jason Alec Pratt, 43, was charged with home repair fraud and theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly accepting the woman’s money as a down payment for work and then disappearing without making any repairs.

Sabattus police are investigating the case and said Pratt has a history of similar schemes in other communities, including Gardiner, Richmond, Belgrade, Winslow and Greenville.

Court records show Pratt has served time in jail on convictions that included theft and criminal threatening.

Pratt was operating under the business name Pratt Building & Roofing in October 2019 when he agreed to do work for the woman in Sabattus. He took her down payment, police said, signed a contract and then disappeared without

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Owner of Mt. Juliet roofing company charged with home improvement fraud

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police have arrested the owner of a Mt. Juliet roofing company accused of scamming a Nashville homeowner out of nearly $1,200.

James Kenton, the owner of Tennessee Metal Roofing, was booked into the Metro jail Saturday on a felony charge of home improvement fraud.

According to an arrest warrant, a company employee completed an estimate for a new roof on a Nashville residence in late April. The representative quoted the homeowner $11,990 for the new roof, so he paid a $1,190 deposit and signed a contract, the paperwork states.

Following an inspection of the homeowner’s current roof, the resident told police he was informed by the company that his contract was no longer valid and a new contract would need to be completed with a “significantly higher” price. The homeowner said he refused to sign the new contract and requested a refund, but he

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