Fraudulent contractor receives more jail time and restitution
When a Northumberland area contractor received checks from customers, promising to do work on their houses, he cashed them and didn’t do any of the work he promised to do — conning Pennsylvania residents from over a dozen counties out of thousands of dollars.
Robert A. Kolovich, the owner of Lifetime Choice Windows, received another prison sentence this week for committing fraud against people who hired him for contract work on their homes.
Kolovich, 59, was sentenced to serve six to 120 months in a state prison — but the sentence will run consecutively to his other half-dozen sentences, according to court records.
Kolovich has criminal cases spanning 10 pages out of Luzerne, Lycoming, York, Northumberland, Bradford, Dauphin, Mifflin, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Centre and Union counties for charges relating to theft, deceitful business practices and home improvement fraud.
The cases are mostly from 2014 and 2015, before Kolovich was arrested and began serving prison time.
In six of the cases from other counties, Kolovich was either found not guilty or charges were withdrawn if he paid back the money.
As the owner of the company outside of Selinsgrove, Kolovich would sign contracts with clients who paid him either half or the full amount of the contracting work including deck and window improvements, according to court records.
Kolovich agreed to do various home improvements, but never held-up his end of the deal — oftentimes doing no work at all.
On multiple instances, when clients caught on and tried to cancel contracts because no work had been done, Kolovich refused to return any money.
In an online review of Lifetime Choice Windows, a customer wrote, “This company ripped us off.” The customers signed a contract to have Kolovich complete windows and vinyl siding. “We thought we were going to get our money’s worth, but the siding is mostly buckled and popping off … the windows are defective … (Kolovich) is nothing but a crook.”
Kolovich pleaded guilty before being sentenced in Lycoming County Court to related charges from two of multiple cases from the county.
Judge Marc F. Lovecchio ordered Kolovich to pay a total of $56,575 in restitution from the related cases — adding to mounting sums he has to pay his victims from the other cases.