Two charged in home-repair scam
Two men were indicted Tuesday on charges they ran a home-improvement scam, lying to an elderly, disabled veteran and then vandalizing his roof, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office announced.
Paul Frank, 46, of Philadelphia, and Larry Mitchell, 30, of Vineland, face burglary, criminal mischief, theft by deception, conspiracy, and other charges. They are also charged with using a 17-year-old to help carry out the scam.
Frank and Mitchell are accused of going to the man's home in the Holly Brook section of Lumberton Township in May 2012 and telling him his roof was leaking. The man was in a wheelchair and unable to confirm their account, but agreed to pay $5,500 for the work.
Investigators say Mitchell and the juvenile then used a tire iron to tear off asphalt shingles, tar paper, and plywood covering a 10-square-foot area and did other damage, all estimated at $3,000. Frank and Mitchell are free on bail of $50,000 and $20,000, respectively.
- Julia Terruso