A Purple Lion man was arraigned Monday on prices linked with dwelling enchancment fraud in Lancaster County.
Jonathan Robert Smith, 26, was charged with two counts of receiving advance cost for companies and failing to carry out for 2 dwelling enchancment jobs that date again to 2021 and 2022.
Manheim Township Police filed the unique prices towards Smith. He was arraigned on the costs within the court docket of District Decide David P. Miller. After arraignment, Smith posted a $5,000 bond.
In accordance with police, the victims in every case discovered Smith by Fb.
The primary case passed off again on Dec. 22, 2021. It’s alleged that Smith obtained $2,700 to switch a entrance walkway, steps and patio. Smith cashed the examine the identical day and stated he would return Dec. 29 to start out the job, however he didn’t return, police stated. He additionally advised the victims he would return on a number of different events, however he didn’t return at these instances both.
On April 11, 2022, police stated, Smith dropped off a employee on the residence for 2 to a few hours, however the work was nonetheless not completed.
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The victims allegedly tried to contact Smith on a number of events however didn’t get a response to their calls and texts. Smith finally blocked their quantity, police stated.
One other sufferer had an identical expertise with Smith, in accordance with court docket paperwork. On April 4, 2022, Smith began work on the sufferer’s storage and obtained $750 as a down cost, police stated. Smith allegedly cashed the examine however by no means returned to complete the work despite the fact that the sufferer tried a number of instances to contact him.
A preliminary listening to within the case is about for March 29.
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