A Berks County gentleman beforehand sentenced to probation for household advancement fraud in a few counties faces new fraud counts following Mohnton police accused him of ripping off two borough owners to the tune of nearly $11,000.
Joseph Duerr, 39, whose previous recognized deal with was detailed as the 2800 block of Sturbridge Courtroom in Spring Township, was arrested Monday by associates of the warrants division of the Berks County sheriff’s workplace.
Arrest particulars ended up unavailable.
Duerr was committed to the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail immediately after arraignment Monday night prior to District Decide Dean R. Patton in Examining Central Courtroom.
In the two conditions he’s charged with property improvement fraud, theft by deception and deceptive company practices.
Duerr has pleaded guilty to equivalent counts in Lehigh County in 2019, Lancaster County in 2020 and Berks County in 2017, according to court documents.
He was offered years of probation in every single of individuals scenarios, with the stipulation that he need to pay out restitution to the victims in whole in the course of his probationary period.
Mohnton law enforcement Chief Eric Pistilli said he was dispatched Sept. 16 to look into experiences of contractor fraud against two home owners with adjoining backyards.
Pistilli provided the adhering to aspects in the the possible cause affidavits:
Both equally victims explained they hired Duerr, who purported to be a licensed household enhancement contractor underneath the identify Northeast Epoxy LLC, to make yard advancements.
The operate was never ever finished, prompting them to uncover by means of net investigate that Duerr was on probation for contractor fraud.
A person assets proprietor claimed she gave Duerr a check out for $3,000 on July 30 as a down payment for advancements to her yard get rid of, which includes a stone walkway and retaining wall.
She built the check out payable to Northeast Epoxy but the receipt she received from Duerr was below the letterhead of a various company, Truss International Building Co.
Three days later, Duerr contacted the homeowner and mentioned that his staff would be dividing the occupation into a few phases. Since Duerr had now deposited her check, the home owner experienced little alternative but to continue on with the arrangement.
On Aug. 24, the homeowner contacted Duerr to inquire about the standing of the operate. He explained to her that he scheduled the work to be finished beginning Sept. 8, and that he was sending a crew that would entire the work in a single day.
On Sept. 8, the target obtained a telephone simply call that dropped after just one ring. Her caller ID showed it was from Duerr.
She commenced to obtain multiple textual content messages from the identical cellular phone quantity that indicated the occupation had been put on keep owing to permitting troubles.
Additional textual content messages on Sept. 22 and 27 recommended of allowing problems and possible refunds, but the function was not carried out nor was she refunded her down payment.
The other homeowner employed Duerr to make yard enhancements such as constructing a covered patio addition. She compensated $7,780 to Duerr through Northeast Epoxy.
On Aug. 25, she was notified by the borough code enforcement officer, Glen Bertolet of Kraft Code Services, that neither Duerr nor Northeast Epoxy had utilized for the needed design permit.
Though Bertolet was on the home, Duerr known as the homeowner on her cellphone.
Bertolet spoke with Duerr instantly and described the have to have for a allow and the course of action. Duerr said he would implement for the allow and also said that he was a licensed contractor.
On Sept. 16, Kraft Code Expert services issued a discover of violation/cease perform get to the homeowner due to the fact Duerr had failed to implement for the construction allow.
Pistilli learned by way of the lookup of the Pennsylvania legal professional general’s web-site that neither Duerr nor Northeast Epoxy are mentioned as certified contractors, contrary to statements Duerr produced to the victims and the code enforcement officer.
Duerr, previously of Richmond Township, was on probation from the 2017 Berks scenario when he was arrested in 2019 on prices he took income from property owners in Allentown and Bethlehem.
He afterwards pleaded guilty to those people prices in Lehigh County Court and remains on probation in those conditions, court records point out.