Between April 19, 2017 and May 16, 2017 a General Contractor was contracted to work on the property in the 200 Block of W. Barnard St. Between those dates the owner of the property gave the contractor $17,793.07. The property owner assumed that the money was going towards the demolition of the property, which had not occurred, labor and material for the construction.
The contractor could not provide documentation of material bought and demanded additional money to continue working on the property. The owner terminated the contract and asked for a return of his money. The property owner sued the contractor for the money owed, $17,793.07 and received a judgment for the total amount. The contractor filed for bankruptcy so that the property owner could not collect his money.
In May of 2019 the West Chester Police investigated this crime and had the charge approved for the Home Improvement Protection Act for persons over 60 years of age. The contractor was able to compensate the property owner for the full amount before the charges could be filed. As charges were never filed the name of the contractor is being withheld.