Man convicted in fraudulent home-improvement scheme

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DAUPHIN, Pa. — A Dauphin County Jury convicted Robert Kolovich, 59 of Northumberland, on two counts of theft by deception in a home-improvement fraud scheme.

Kolovich promised a Swatara couple a new vinyl deck cover in addition to other home improvements.  He took their money but provided no work and no refund, leaving the couple out of $22,000.  Kolovich did the same to a Lower Paxton couple who he got $2,550 from.

Kolovich has convictions in at least three other counties for similar frauds.

At trial, Kolovich claimed that a change in his financing arrangement with a business loan company caused his business issues and that he did not intend to steal anyone’s money.

In October 2008 the Pennsylvania Legislature signed into law the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, which requires contractors to register with the  Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.  To prevent fraud like this from happening you can find that website here.