Alleged crooked Greensburg contractor facing trial
By Jeremy Sellew
Published: 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One of the cases against Rager was withdrawn by the prosecution because it was deemed to be a civil matter.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 email@example.com or 724-684-2667.
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