Altoona man charged in $7,600 home improvement fraud

Altoona man charged in $7,600 home improvement fraud

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — An Altoona male is dealing with charges right after reportedly taking $7,600 from a lady to swap her roof but in no way carrying out the occupation.

Altoona law enforcement have charged 47-yr-aged Benjamin Townsend after allegedly using a $500 hard cash deposit from an Altoona female and then cashing a $7,100 check out the subsequent early morning to change her roof, only to by no means do the get the job done, hand about any provides, or return the funds, in accordance to court docket papers.

Townsend was contracted by a woman in March to mend her roof. He reportedly approved a hard cash payment, a check, and a deal for the female to pay out the remainder in payments — totaling $9,200 — the affidavit demonstrates. The girl instructed law enforcement the test was cashed the following day and in April, he claimed he had the provides he necessary.

The female stated months handed without the need of a start off day or any other speak to from Townsend so she termed law enforcement.

In accordance to the legal criticism, law enforcement tried out to contact Townsend at his variety, which was a amount for KRT Contracting, but it was disconnected.

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By way of the investigation, investigators mentioned that Townsend had agreed to give the girl her cash back again, but afterwards advised the detective he couldn’t arrive up with the money.

Townsend is now struggling with a felony charge of accepting income for providers and failing to complete.