Alleged dwelling improvement scam artist sought in Monroe County

Authorities are trying to get a Monroe County man they say bilked five victims out of more than $150,000 in house advancement techniques.

Anthony “Tony” Valera, 37, of Pocono Summit is billed with contractor fraud and a lot of theft offenses, in violation of the House Enhancement Buyer Defense Act and Pennsylvania Crimes Code. The Monroe County District Attorney’s Workplace said most of the expenses are second-degree and third-degree felony offenses.

In the alleged schemes, Valera took income from victims for numerous dwelling advancement or constructions jobs but would only conduct a small fraction of the function or no work at all. In the incidents, he insisted prospects pay out weekly or biweekly, as per a deal, and once most of the funds was compensated in complete, Valera would abandon the initiatives, authorities explained. He would then allegedly end speaking with all the shoppers.

A overall of five victims came forward, alleging Valera stole a whole of extra than $150,000 from them. Authorities be expecting even additional victims to appear ahead in the circumstance.

Valera is known to drive a white 2013 Nissan NV do the job van, bearing state registration ZMX 1797. The van may possibly have decals with a person of these company names: Valera Household Enhancement LLC Pocono Tailor made Dwelling Builders Corp. Valera Customized House Builders LLC or V.H.I. LLC. Valera operates under all people organization names, authorities mentioned.

Valera is explained as Hispanic five ft, 10 inches in top weighing 230 pounds and acquiring black hair and brown eyes. He additionally is revealed with facial hair in a furnished photo by regulation enforcement.

Those with information and facts on Valera’s whereabouts or other prospective victims of the alleged plan are questioned to contact Police Det. Thomas McMahon at 570-517-3025 or e mail If any individual encounters Valera, they are asked to call 911.

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