NORRISTOWN A Skippack man will be under court supervision after he admitted that he failed to complete a home improvement project for which he was hired and paid to complete by a Lower Merion homeowner.
Cyrus Cross, 40, of the 4000 block of Harmon Court, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Thursday to seven years probation after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of home improvement fraud in connection with the April 2011 incident. Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy also ordered Cross to pay the victim $9,682 in outstanding restitution.
According to a criminal complaint, a resident of Panorama Road in the Villanova section of Lower Merion hired Cross in April 2011 to complete a series of construction projects at the home.
He paid Cross $18,020 to have Cross build a back yard pond, replace family room and kitchen windows, replace a patio door, build back yard fencing, replace a laundry room door, obtain pond and fence permits and repair exterior stucco and paint, Lower Merion Detective Thomas Luke alleged in the arrest affidavit.
The homeowner reported to police sometime later that Cross stopped answering his phone calls and had not completed all of the work for which he was paid. The homeowner told police he had been unable to contact Cross.
By pleading guilty to the charge, Cross admitted that he received advance payment for performing home improvement services or for providing home improvement materials and failed to perform or provide those services or materials as specified in a contract.
Other charges of theft by deception, deceptive business practices and receiving stolen property were dismissed against Cross in exchange for his plea to the home improvement fraud charge.
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