Man sought for home improvement fraud | Police, Emergency & Courts

A warrant was issued this 7 days for the apprehension of David L. Patton, 67, of Clarion County.

According to a legal criticism penned by Officer Jason Unfastened of the Kiskiminetas Township Law enforcement Section, filed with the place of work of Leechburg Magisterial District Choose James Andring, Patton took an advance payment for operate on a property in the township and didn’t end the work.

In the affidavit of probable result in, Unfastened wrote he was on responsibility at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 when he made speak to with an individual at the station to file a report pertaining to a theft at the house along Previous Condition Highway in the municipality. The girl stated she experienced purchased the assets at the aforementioned spot and had contracted with David Patton to comprehensive some renovations to the property.

She supplied Free with a copy of the estimate, which Patton proposed for the get the job done to be accomplished, for a total of $43,000.

Patton essential a deposit of $16,000 to start out the renovation, Free wrote.

Free wrote that the house owner paid Patton with a cashier’s check from PNC Lender in the amount of money of $16,000 to get started perform and invest in material on Aug. 20, 2020. She stated Patton started perform on the home on Aug. 21, commencing with the roof, but hardly ever completed the roof or any other space needing enhancement, as indicated in the settlement for the work.

The home owner mentioned she tried to get hold of Patton numerous times by cell phone, without the need of results, and also mentioned she has a number of text messages amongst her and Patton relating to the do the job that was not done, which she delivered, as published in the complaint.

Free submitted one particular felony demand of property advancement fraud and one felony cost of theft by deception from Patton with the office environment of MDJ Andring.

According to court paperwork and a spokeswoman for the office of MDJ Andring, no preliminary hearing date experienced been established for Patton. Even so, in an unrelated situation, a hearing is scheduled for March 16 for Patton in advance of Andring on two counts of writing poor checks.

Anne Cloonan is a employees reporter for the Chief Instances, a Sample Information Group sibling of The Indiana Gazette. She can be attained at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].