TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Alleged crooked Greensburg contractor facing trial

William Rager

Daily Photo Galleries

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 12:06 a.m.
 

A Greensburg man accused of scamming several Washington Township residents out of thousands of dollars for sewage work will face trial in Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

William Rager, 34, of 110 Cannon Drive waived his right Friday to a preliminary hearing in 11 of 12 cases before Magisterial District Judge Jesse Cramer in Belle Vernon.

Washington Township police originally charged Rager August, but added an additional case Tuesday on charges of theft by deception-false impression and receiving stolen property.

Rager allegedly failed to construct a number of sewer lines throughout the township.

Rager has been in Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield Township since Sept. 20, the day state police arrested him on outstanding warrants for drug charges out of Westmoreland County as well as the warrants issued by Cramer on charges related to the sewer work.

Cramer set bail at $50,000 straight cash bond for each of 10 criminal complaints township police filed last month.

Rager allegedly accepted money from residents and signed agreement to tap lines to the main sewer lines from July 26 to Oct. 29, 2012, but never returned to do the work.

Repeated attempts by residents to contact Rager were unsuccessful leading to the charges being filed. The payments he received ranged from $400 to $7,950. Police did not release the names of the alleged victims.

Many of the alleged victims appeared at Cramer's office prepared to testify in a potential hearing.

One of the cases against Rager was withdrawn by the prosecution because it was deemed to be a civil matter.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Mon Valley

  1. Fayette man allegedly exposed self to Charleroi children
  2. Discord drives Monessen meeting
  3. North Belle Vernon man accused of stalking girl, 13
  4. Wiltz still helping kids as Mon Valley YMCA volunteer
  5. Westmoreland firefighters get training to save pets
  6. Organizers plunge ahead with 2nd ‘Frosty Frolic’ to benefit California Area
  7. Pittsburgh diocese campaign big success
  8. Deteriorating Charleroi properties to be reviewed
  9. Rampound brings cheers to Ringgold athletic events
  10. Mid-Mon Valley maintains strong ties to proposed Army museum
  11. SBA a natural fit for Centerville native