A contractor surrendered Friday morning to face felony charges for allegedly scamming three area victims out of thousands of dollars, according to South Williamsport police.
Robert A. Kolovich, 56, of Northumberland, was arrested on a total of 15 charges, including six counts of home improvement fraud, seven counts of deceptive business practices and two counts theft by deception, Sgt. James Taylor said.
As owner of Lifetime Choice Windows on the Susquehanna Trail outside Selinsgrove, Kolovich signed contracts with his clients, who paid him half of the amount of the contracting job, Miller said.
Kolovich agreed to do deck or window improvements for the clients, but he never followed through with his end of the bargain, Taylor said. Even after the clients wanted to cancel the contract because no work was done, he refused to return their money to them, Taylor alleged.
A South Williamsport couple who live on East Fifth Avenue was scammed of nearly $6,000 while a woman on Bedaro Drive suffered a loss of $13,000, Taylor said.
Police also are investigating the theft by deception of $1,000 from a Loyalsock Township resident on Miller Hill Road, Taylor said.
The alleged fraud occurred last year, he added.
"We believe that he is purposely taking people's money with no intention of doing the work," Taylor said.
Muncy police as well as police departments in Dauphin and Luzerne counties have already charged Kolovich with identical charges, Taylor said.
"I believe he has taken in excess of $50,000 from victims. The money is going somewhere, but we don't know where," Taylor said.
"I think there are more victims out there. Anyone who believes that have been a victim of this scam should contact their local police departments, he added.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Kolovich was released on $50,000 bail.