July 29, 2017

Suspect wanted for defrauding senior in home repair scam


KUNKLETOWN - After receiving a complaint from a Monroe County Area Agency on Aging Protective Services agent, detectives from the District Attorney’s Office initiated an investigation regarding a home improvement contract between Mark Harrison, 32, of Northampton and a Kunkletown senior citizen. Investigation determined that between September 9th, 2016 and October 7th, 2016 Harrison collected $24,350 from that senior citizen after persuading her to sign an $18,700.00 contract for home repairs that was later determined to be valued at $2,450.00 by a local expert.

Harrison used the name of a legitimate local home improvement company without permission and the actual work he completed was valued at less than $1,200.00. Harrison was not licensed as a home improvement contractor as is required by law.

Harrison has been charged with one count of theft by deception, one count of theft by unlawful taking, and three counts of home improvement fraud. Because the victim was over the age of 60 all offenses were upgraded to second degree felonies.   He could not be located at his prior addresses and has been listed as wanted on the District Attorney’s most wanted web page.

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