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Nanticoke Police Accuse 2 Contractors Of Fraud

September 28, 2018

NANTICOKE — City police have arrested two contractors for home improvement fraud, alleging they accepted advance payment for work they never completed. Jason Verdekal, 35, of North Main Street, Mountain Top, was arraigned Wednesday in front of Magisterial District Judge Donald Whittaker. Police issued an arrest warrant for another contractor, John Covine, 46, of Tioga. Investigators accuse Verdekal, operating as JV Construction, of taking a $4,000 deposit in July to start work on a roof for a Nanticoke couple. However, they say he only worked one day and ignored repeated calls from the couple. Police said Verdekal later had a friend get a building permit and forged the homeowner’s signature on a new work agreement in September. Verdekal is charged with two counts of home improvement fraud, forgery and identity theft. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 10. Police say Covine, 46, of J.C. and Sons Home Improvements, signed an agreement in December to repair a roof and replace gutters in Nanticoke and accepted a $2,600 down payment. When the homeowner called Covine three months later, Covine pretended not to know who the caller was, police said. After the homeowner said he was going to police, Covine agreed to start work May 1, but never did, police said. Investigators said they have tried to contact Covine, but have been unsuccessful. He is charged with home improvement fraud and theft. Contact the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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