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Former home contractor who defaulted on customers gets prison time

Published August 16. 2018 12:11PM

A former home contractor who was recently sentenced in Carbon and Lehigh counties to state prison for defaulting on his customers has been sentenced in Schuylkill County to even more state time.

Donn M. Walck, 41, of Schnecksville, was sentenced by Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin to eight to 16 months after pleading guilty to a charge of theft by deception.

Baldwin also ordered him to pay $347 in restitution to the victim.

Additional charges of receiving advance payment but failing to perform, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking were dropped.

He was charged by Frackville police on July 27, 2017.

His sentence is one of three, all to be served consecutively.

Baldwin sentenced Walck to the same amount of time on charges of theft filed by Frackville police on July 28, 2017. In that case, additional charges of receiving advance payment but failing to perform, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking were dropped.

Baldwin also ordered him to pay $1,140 in restitution to the victim.

In the third case, Baldwin sentenced Walck to again serve eight to 16 months and pay $800 in restitution on a charge of theft by deception filed by Reilly Township police on Aug. 6, 2017. Additional charges of deceptive business practices and receiving stolen property were dropped.

In Carbon County, Walck was sentenced to 16 to 60 months in state prison after pleading guilty to one count of misrepresents or conceals contractor identifying information.

He was charged by Jim Thorpe police for taking $1,300 from a borough resident to do work at her residence and never did any of the work.

Walck is currently serving 39 months to seven years in state prison imposed by a Lehigh County judge for similar activity. Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass ruled his sentence would run concurrent with Lehigh.

Serfass also ordered Walck to pay restitution of $1,400, pay court costs of about $1,000 and render 150 hours of community service when released on parole.

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