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Jeannette contractor charged over garage project

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 5:45 p.m.
 

A Jeannette contractor has a preliminary hearing Nov. 14 on charges of duping a Mt. Pleasant Township woman out of $9,000 for a building project never completed.

James M. McClintock, who does business as James McClintock Contracting, is charged by Westmoreland County Detectives with home improvement fraud.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Will Brown, McClintock accepted $9,000 from a woman in Calumet to construct a one-car garage last July. The entire project was expected to cost $16,000.

Brown wrote in the affidavit filed before Norvelt District Judge Roger Eckels that the woman repeatedly telephoned McClintock after making the down payment to ask about the construction delay, and McClintock made numerous excuses.

According to Brown, McClintock gave the woman reasons for the delay on four occasions: he had to attend the funeral of a nephew, he couldn't start because of the death of an aunt in North Carolina, he couldn't locate a company to deliver gravel to the construction site and he was hospitalized for kidney stones.

McClintock then refused to accept the victim's numerous telephone calls, Brown wrote in the affidavit.

McClintock was released on recognizance bond pending the hearing before Eckels.

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