Williamsport – A Williamsport man was charged with theft for allegedly taking a $2,000 payment to do work on a victim’s home and not providing the services.

A victim in Upper Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, wrote a personal check for $2,000 to Joshua H. Lilley, 42, of 608 Grier Street, on April 29, 2019 for supplies to start repairs on his home. The victim had signed a written contract agreeing on the price with Lilley, according to the affidavit written by Trooper Chad Daugherty of Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville. After that, the victim was not able to reach Lilley in his attempts to contact him. The victim told police Lilley cashed the check a short time later.

When police interviewed Lilley on July 18, he told them he had medical issues come up that prevented him from completing the work, according to the affidavit. Lilley acknowledged he had not talked to the victim since April 29 and had not attempted to contact him.

Lilley was charged with misdemeanors of receiving advanced payment for services and failing to perform, theft by deception, false statement to induce agreement for home services and deceptive business practice. District Magistrate Gary A. Whiteman set his bail at $5,000. Lilley’s case was waived for court. Formal arraignment at Lycoming County Courthouse will be on September 30.