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Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 3:57 p.m.

A Verona contractor scammed his clients out of their money, Pittsburgh police said Monday.

Police charged Matthew Yost, 27, with deceptive business practices in November. Business partners who buy and either sell or rent homes hired Yost to do work on a property on Saline Street in Greenfield and on Camelia Street in Lawrenceville, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a press release. The partners said they paid Yost a total of $54,300 for work on the two properties over the course of several months, and noticed in October that the work was not completed and that the work that was done was poor quality, Richard said.

Yost met with police detectives and admitted he didn't complete the work and he said he used the money to pay his employees, but couldn't explain why the work wasn't done. Police said Yost has used illegally purchased prescription drugs, Richard said.

Detectives are investigating and ask that anyone else who was a victim of deceptive business practices by Yost call 412-255-2827.

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