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South Greensburg woman charged in home repairs case

| Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a South Greensburg woman accused by Westmoreland County detectives of taking down payments for home repairs and not completing the work.

Katina D. Stewart, 41, allegedly has not repaid about $5,000 to three Hempfield Township residents, according to criminal complaints filed by Detective Will Brown. Stewart operates Stewart & Company Home Improvements of Greensburg, Brown said.

A Moore Lane couple reported that they made a down payment of $2,570 in May for the removal and replacement of four sliding glass doors at their home. A Farm Brook Drive woman made a $2,500 down payment in April for a new roof, according to the complaint. Work was never done in either instance.

Stewart is charged with two counts of receiving an advance payment and failing to complete work before District Judge Charles Moore. The Farm Brook Drive resident has received $1,000, Brown said.

Stewart faces access device fraud and theft charges filed by North Huntingdon police in connection with another alleged home repair scam. An affidavit of probable cause states that a Clay Pike Road woman was checking on whether about $8,000 in home repairs would be covered under her insurance. In the meantime, she gave Stewart her credit card number to use only if the repairs would be covered.

The victim decided not to do the repairs and learned that her credit card had been used to obtain $7,000 by Stewart & Company Home Improvements without her permission between May 19 and June 6.

Stewart is free on $2,500 unsecured bail in that case. A preliminary hearing before District Judge Douglas Weimer is set for Wednesday.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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