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Monroe man took $150K from customers, DA says

The Monroe County District Attorney’s office is seeking a man who is suspected of taking more than $150,000 in contractor fees and not completing the work.

A warrant has been issued for Anthony Valera, 37, for offenses in violation of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act and the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. Most of the criminal offenses Valera is charged with are felonies of the second or third degree.

Valera, last known address of Pocono Summit, is being charged with taking money from customers for various work projects, doing only a small amount of work or no work at all, and then not finishing the job. In some cases Valera insisted on being paid weekly or biweekly in his contract.

When the victims pay for almost the entire amount of money specified in the contract, officials say Valera would abandon the project and stop communicating with the victims.

In other cases, Valera took the first or first two installments of payments for projects and then either did no work or abandoned the project without completing it.

Valera is suspected of taking approximately $154,400 from five different customers/families who signed contracts with him for construction/home improvement projects, but there could be more victims.

Valera has done business using the following business names: Valera Home Improvement LLC, Pocono Custom Home Builders Corp., Valera Custom Home Builders LLC, and V.H.I. LLC.

He is known to drive a white 2013 Nissan NV Work Van, bearing a PA Registration of ZMX 1797. There may or may not be decals with one of the above mentioned business names on the van.

If you have any information on this case, contact Detective Thomas McMahon at (570) 517-3025 or email at TJMcMahon@monroecountypa.gov.