New Cumberland man accused of home improvement fraud

2010-03-05T00:00:00Z New Cumberland man accused of home improvement fraudBy staff reports, March 5, 2010 The Sentinel
March 05, 2010 12:00 am  • 

A New Cumberland man accused of defrauding several people who hired him to perform home improvement projects was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to Middlesex Township police.

Police said a 78-year-old resident reported hiring Michael Neal Wagner, 46, of Park Avenue, to replace the skylights on his roof for $2,000.

The resident said he paid for the purchase and installation of the skylights up front as a down payment, but Wagner did not purchase or install them or return his money, police said.

They also said that while investigating, they received information that a Mechanicsburg resident reported paying Wagner $2,000 for roofing work that was never done and not receiving his money back.

Wagner did business as Wagner’s Roofing, police said, and investigation "uncovered numerous other customers who were dealt with the same way by Wagner."

He is charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and deceptive or fraudulent business practices.

Wagner’s Roofing does not appear on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s list of registered contractors. The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act of 2008 requires that all contractors who perform at least $5,000 worth of home improvements per year register.

Wagner is free on $10,000 bail with a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Susan Day at 1:45 p.m. April 15.

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