Woman Out Almost $10,000 in Home Improvement Fraud Case
Pennsylvania State Police have charged a man for taking almost $10,000 from an elderly woman in a home improvement fraud case.
Charles D. Shepard, 61, of Harmonsburg, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and home improvement fraud.
Investigators said Shepard wad hired to complete renovations at the victim's Hayfield Township, Crawford County home.
The 64-year-old woman paid Shepard cash for his labor and gave him Home Depot gift cards to purchase the materials, according to State Police.
Shepard started the work then would show up sporadically between June 4, 2018 and July 18, 2018, troopers said.
He also purchased tools and materials for himself with the gift cards and became irate and threatening when the victim asked for receipts to see what was purchased with the gift cards, according to investigators.
Shepard was asked to leave and not return, and the woman hired two separate contractors to finish the work that was started and complete the other work Shepard was contracted to do, State Police said.