Man charged with home improvement fraud

From CDT staff reportsJuly 14, 2014 

A Northumberland man will be back in court after charges were filed against him in Centre County for home improvement fraud.

Robert Kolovich, 56, was charged with two counts of deceptive business practices, two counts of home improvement fraud and one count of theft by deception, all felonies.

State police at Rockview said that Kolovich was hired by Roy and Gay Homan, of Centre Hall, to replace a deck and do other work at their residence. They made a down payment of $5,748 in October and say Kolovich never performed the work or returned the money.

Kolovich waived his preliminary hearing on similar charges this month. State police filed charges after Robert and Sandra Linn gave him $6,700 in May 2013 and he failed to do the work.

According to police, Kolovich is charged with similar incidents in other counties. A search of court records shows several additional cases in recent years, many filed within the past few months, in Dauphin, Luzerne, Lycoming and Northumberland counties.

Unsecured bail is set in five cases, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. One case has secured bail in the amount of $15,000, which was posted by a bonds-man. Total bail on the six cases is $140,000.

Police said there is the possibility of other victims in Centre County. They ask others who think they have been victim-ized to contact local police.

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