A McDonald’s father and son face home improvement fraud charges after a project that allegedly started in 2017 was paid for but never completed.
Alexander Joseph Walker, 64, from Fourth Street and his son Matthew Alexander Walker, 29, from Valley Street, both McDonald’s, were accused by North Strabane Township police of receiving prepayment for services not performed and making a false declaration have to initiate an agreement for home improvement.
The victim, a resident of Linden Vue Drive, said he signed a contract with the Walkers of Three Rivers Decks and Porches in 2017 to remove an existing deck and build a new one. At the time, he reportedly provided the Walkers with $ 8,200 as a deposit.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim signed another deal with the Walkers in February when he gave them an additional $ 6,787. In June and July, the Walkers removed the old deck and began building the frame for the new deck, the complaint said. The victim gave them an additional $ 2,262 at the beginning of the framework, but the Walkers never completed the project, according to the complaint.
The victim reportedly told police that he tried to contact the Walkers several times without receiving a response. The victim was also informed by North Strabane Township Code Enforcement officials that the completed work was not carried out within the township’s building codes.