NORTH COVENTRY PA – A 36-year-old Barto man was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 19, 2020) by the North Coventry Police Department on a warrant that alleges he failed to make home improvements in the basement of a township home and then took money allocated for the project, it reported on its CrimeWatch website.
Michael Allen Bentz, who police said “represents himself as a registered contractor in Pennsylvania,” is charged with two counts of home improvement fraud, and one count each of theft by deception, access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property. All are felonies, the department added.
“Bentz entered into an agreement with the victim to demolish and remodel the victim’s basement in North Coventry Township in May 2019,” according to the police report. “Bentz never completed the work, and is alleged to have made off with funds for the project that total $14,750.”
A preliminary hearing for Bentz is scheduled for Feb. 27 (Thursday) in the Chester County courtroom of Magisterial District Justice John A. Hipple, court records indicated. At the time of his arrest, they added, Bentz was confined to Chester County Prison.
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