LINESVILLE – A Springboro man will be tried in district court for alleged home improvement fraud in 2020.
Albert L. Baker III, 44, 12364 Spring Road, has waived his right to preliminary hearings with District Judge Rita Marwood on two separate cases filed against him. By waiving his right to preliminary hearings on Wednesday, Baker was automatically tried before the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas.
Baker was accused by the Pennsylvania State Police in September 2020 of receiving a down payment and failing to perform. Police claim Baker received $ 1,350 to repair a man’s oven in Conneaut Township. Police claim Baker was notified on May 28th to either complete the work or return the payment before September 8th. According to the complaint, Baker did not take either of the options.
The Conneaut Lake Regional Police Department in November accused Baker of receiving pre-payment and non-compliance counts and false testimony in order to reach an agreement on home improvement. Police claim that Baker received $ 525 in advance from a man in Summit Township on September 15 to replace windows in a house on Sunset Avenue, but failed to do the work or refund the money.
Each of the three charges brought against Baker are classified as first degree offenses with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $ 10,000 if convicted.
Baker is due to be tried in the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas in May. He remains in Crawford County Jail in Saegertown on bail of $ 20,000.