WATSONTOWN - A local roofer is facing felony counts of theft by deception, deceptive business practices, and home improvement fraud after failing to follow through on a contracted job in Lewisburg this spring.
Buffalo Valley Regional Police said Anthony W. Swartz, 48, of 729 Frederick Drive, Watsontown, owner of Swartz's Roofing and Remodeling, agreed to install a new roof on a home on Saint George Street in Lewisburg for $5,850. The contract included debris removal, drop edge, ice and water shield, new shingles, pipe boots, omni vent, and gutter cleaning.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the contract was signed on March 21, 2019 and a check for $2,925 was written to Swartz, who told the homeowner he was on a job in Bloomsburg and would do the job when finished. Over the next several months, the homeowner repeatedly called Swartz and was told he was next in line or that he needed to wait for the weather to cooperate.
The homeowner's check was cashed in April. Several letters, including one certified, and phone calls were ignored by Swartz, police said, including one in which the homeowner asked to revoke the contract and receive a full refund.
In July Patrolman Thomas M. Snyder of the BVRP called and left a voicemail for Swartz. Swartz did not return the phone call.
A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 12, 2019, in front of Magisterial District Judge Richard P. Cashman.