When the May 26, 2011 hail storm occurred and caused widespread damages, one of the victims was Lawrence Larthey of East Center Street, Nesquehoning. His home had $7,201.95 in damages.
A few months later, he was victimized again. This time he allegedly was fleeced by an individual who is accused of lying about his representation with a contracting firm, taking a significant down payment from Larthey and not performing any work, and then giving Larthey a worthless check.
Charged with the offenses is Jonathan Paul Williams, 27, of 103 Sugar Bush Court, Chalfont, Bucks County.
Yesterday, a hearing for Williams was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford. Williams, who is presently free on $3,000 unsecured bail in Carbon County, waived the hearing to Carbon County Court.
Waiting for him in Kosciolek's office was a police officer from Coaldale who transported him to the office of District Judge Stephen Bayer in Tamaqua, where he was arraigned on similar charges from an incident in Coaldale. Bayer set bail at $25,000 unsecured.
In the Nesquehoning incident, Williams has been charged by Chief of Police Sean T. Smith with forgery, theft by deception - false impression, receiving stolen property, secure execution documents by deception, false impersonation privately employed person, bad checks, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.
Coaldale police have charged Williams with secure execution of documents by deception, forgery - unauthorized act in writing, and theft by unlawful taking.
The affidavit in regards to the Nesquehoning incident states that Williams approached Larthey on Sept. 16 and stated that he was a contractor.
It adds that Williams told Larthey "there were a lot of complaints filed against Allied Construction," another company doing storm damage repairs in the area, "and that he was reopening his old business, Freedom Remodelers Inc."
Williams allegedly presented the local resident with a Freedom Remodelers contract, and asked for a check for $5,567.36 so he can order materials. On Dec. 14, Lathey gave him a check for that amount.
The repair work was never done.
Larthey told police that on Jan. 7 and 8, he called Williams "for hours and Williams would not answer his phone" or call him back. Larthey also called Freedom Remodelers and was advised by owner Michael Miller that not only is Williams not an employee, but, the affidavit says, "that Williams stole his company's contracts and that he filed a report with the Attorney General's office."
On Jan. 13, Larthey told police he received a personal check from Williams, but when he tried to cash it, it bounced.
In the Schuylkill County case, District Judge Bayer has scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 10.