Green Tree man accused of scamming Cherry Tree church for $20K
A Cherry Tree-area church is out $20,000 it paid an Allegheny County man in October for two transport vans he never delivered, giving them only a multitude of excuses, state police at Indiana said.
Stephen Worth Longstreth, 43, whose last known address was Arnold Acres in Green Tree, is wanted on theft charges for failing to deliver the vans to Kinport Assembly of God Church in Green Township.
Clymer District Judge George Thachik issued a warrant for Longstreth's arrest based on the criminal complaint that Trooper Allison Goswick filed on Wednesday. Police said Longstreth has additional outstanding warrants in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The Rev. Chris Massey could not be reached for comment on Friday. A spokeswoman said the church had no comment.
On Oct. 11, the church wired Longstreth $20,000 into a First Niagara Bank account under the name 360 Sales/Solutions LLC of Greenacres, Fla., according to the criminal complaint. The suspect claimed he operated the business with his sister, who was not identified.
Neither the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations nor the Florida Division of Corporations has a listing for 360 Sales/Solutions in Green-acres, which is south of West Palm Beach.
James Smith, vice president of Med-Van Transport of Northern Cambria, provided Massey with Longstreth's contact information and assisted in the purchase, police said. Smith could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Longstreth promised to deliver the vans by Nov. 1 and told church representatives they could select two of the five vans he had for sale. The suspect provided the church with five vehicle identification numbers, which Goswick's investigation later determined to be invalid. Through emails and text messages, Longstreth offered the church numerous other vans but made excuses for missing the delivery date. He told the church in December that he had lost his cell phone, police said.
Longstreth promised again on Monday to deliver the vans. But Goswick said Longstreth told her he was in Kentucky and could not deliver them.
State police did not say in the affidavit whether Longstreth ever had vans to sell.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- At 87, Rostraver man still entertaining polka fans
- 1 injured in Mt. Pleasant Twp. accident
- Machine operator avoids serious injuries in accident in North Huntingdon
- Harhai campaign emails from 2007 under review, Westmoreland County DA says
- He hasn’t just fiddled around
- Expansion in works for Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum
- 2 suspects charged with second robbery in Hempfield
- 1 dead, 1 injured in Derry Twp. crash
- Police investigate Hempfield fight
- Mt. Pleasant hospital sets ‘exceptional’ example
- Energy company responsible for polluting Donegal well appeals state’s finding