A Montgomery County man, who claimed to be a contractor, is sitting in the Schuylkill County prison, Pottsville, after failing to fulfill contracts he allegedly fraudulently signed.
Jonathan Paul Williams, 27, of 41 Wexford Dr., North Wales, came to the attention of local police in December when Michael Miller, owner of Freedom Remodelers Inc., spoke with Tamaqua police concerning contracts Williams allegedly executed under the guise of working for FRI. Miller learned of the deception when supposed customers began calling his company concerning uncompleted repairs to their properties.
Cpl. Henry Woods began an investigation and discovered three victims in Tamaqua, as well as three in Rush Township. In all of the cases Williams approached homeowners offering to repair hail damage, using contracts from FRI. Williams had been employed by the company from April 26 to June 2, 2011, but was never authorized, according to Miller, to enter into any contracts on FRI's behalf.
Williams portrayed himself as the owner of FRI to all six victims, signing his own name to the contracts.
The first contract was signed on Oct. 13, 2011. The last was dated Dec. 7, 2011. Several of the victims provided Williams with down payments. In at least two of the cases, Williams cashed the homeowners' checks. In all of the cases, no repair work was performed.
Woods secured a warrant for William's arrest on charges of forgery, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, securing execution of documents by deception and false impersonation. Williams was arrested Wednesday by New Britain Township police, then transported to Tamaqua for arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer. Bail was set at $25,000. Unable to post the required 10 percent, Williams was transported to the county prison.
Rush Township police also assisted in the investigation.
Anyone else who may have entered into a contract with Williams, doing business as Freedom Remodelers Inc., is asked to contact Woods at (570) 668-6100 or 668-5000.