Contractor plea for assist results in felony cost for failing to do work

A Washington County home-owner mentioned she employed a contractor after studying a social media publish that he was unemployed and determined to feed his household.Now that contractor – Michael McCarthy, 38, of Canonsburg — is dealing with felony expenses after allegedly taking the home-owner’s cash and failing to do any work.The publish from McCarthy mentioned he was unemployed with a household of 5, at “the underside of the barrel” and keen to do “many aspect jobs and initiatives.”Gwenna Cokley mentioned she felt sorry for McCarthy after seeing his publish.“You assume, effectively this man needs to work, he needs to earn his hold and he needs to supply for his household, so that you wish to assist somebody in your neighborhood in that state of affairs,” Cokley mentioned.Based on a felony criticism, Cokley employed McCarthy to exchange her roof. She paid $1,782 however he by no means confirmed as much as do the work.“He stood me up and there have been 4 or 5 different dates that we deliberate for, and he stood me up for all of them and he at all times had a purpose,” she mentioned.Solely then did she study that McCarthy had served jail time 9 years in the past after being convicted of theft.McCarthy didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.In an e mail to Cokley in September, McCarthy mentioned, “Please perceive that on no account am I stealing or scamming folks in any respect, and never doing that to you both.”Cokley, a highschool instructor, mentioned she has realized an essential lesson.“It is higher to pay more cash up entrance and get somebody you’ll be able to belief and has a guaranty, and you’ll comply with by means of with than to attempt to avoid wasting cash, assist somebody out and find yourself on this state of affairs,” she mentioned.McCarthy waived a preliminary listening to on a cost of dwelling enchancment fraud. He’s scheduled to be arraigned subsequent month.Cokley mentioned she needed to rent one other contractor to exchange her roof.

A Washington County home-owner mentioned she employed a contractor after studying a social media publish that he was unemployed and determined to feed his household.

Now that contractor – Michael McCarthy, 38, of Canonsburg — is dealing with felony expenses after allegedly taking the home-owner’s cash and failing to do any work.

The publish from McCarthy mentioned he was unemployed with a household of 5, at “the underside of the barrel” and keen to do “many aspect jobs and initiatives.”

Gwenna Cokley mentioned she felt sorry for McCarthy after seeing his publish.

“You assume, effectively this man needs to work, he needs to earn his hold and he needs to supply for his household, so that you wish to assist somebody in your neighborhood in that state of affairs,” Cokley mentioned.

Based on a felony criticism, Cokley employed McCarthy to exchange her roof. She paid $1,782 however he by no means confirmed as much as do the work.

“He stood me up and there have been 4 or 5 different dates that we deliberate for, and he stood me up for all of them and he at all times had a purpose,” she mentioned.

Solely then did she study that McCarthy had served jail time 9 years in the past after being convicted of theft.

McCarthy didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.

In an e mail to Cokley in September, McCarthy mentioned, “Please perceive that on no account am I stealing or scamming folks in any respect, and never doing that to you both.”

Cokley, a highschool instructor, mentioned she has realized an essential lesson.

“It is higher to pay more cash up entrance and get somebody you’ll be able to belief and has a guaranty, and you’ll comply with by means of with than to attempt to avoid wasting cash, assist somebody out and find yourself on this state of affairs,” she mentioned.

McCarthy waived a preliminary listening to on a cost of dwelling enchancment fraud. He’s scheduled to be arraigned subsequent month.

Cokley mentioned she needed to rent one other contractor to exchange her roof.