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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

A Hempfield contractor already in the Westmoreland County jail, was slapped Thursday with additional charges for allegedly swindling a Herminie couple in 2011 by never installing two sewer line tap-ins after being paid $4,375 to do the work.

William E. Rager, 34, was charged by Westmoreland County detectives with home improvement fraud for failing to tap in two sewer lines at the home of Theresa and David Weaver Jr.

The Weavers paid Rager's company, B.R. Excavating of Cannon Drive, Hempfield, the money on Dec. 21, 2011, according to the affidavit filed against Rager before West Newton District Judge Charles Christner.

Rager was in jail in lieu of $7,500 bond on charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, which were filed in August. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on those drug charges on Nov. 12 before Hempfield District Judge James Falcon.

State police previously filed charges in Fayette County in September and again on Tuesday against Rager for allegedly swindling more than $18,000 from Washington Township residents for sewer line installations he never did.

Belle Vernon District Judge Jesse Cramer placed Rager on $50,000 cash bond for each of 10 separate counts of theft by deception and receiving stolen property filed by Washington Township police.

Rager is accused of taking checks from residents to install sewage line tap-ins from July 26 to Oct. 29, 2012. The payments ranged from $400 for a tap-in on Nagy Street to $7,950 for two tap-ins along Perry Avenue.

Rager faces a preliminary hearing Friday before Cramer.

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