A West Berlin store called Dream House Windows has been more of a nightmare for customers, authorities claimed on Tuesday.
The company’s operator, Firas Emachah of Shamong, is accused of taking thousands of dollars in bails for work never done. Authorities allege he also passed bad checks for more than $60,000 and pocketed cash to be garnished from an employee’s wages.
Emachah, 40, is charged with three counts of theft by fraud and quadruple bad checks. He could not be reached for comment.
All of the crimes are related to Cooper Road Corporation, also known as Affinity Windows and Zaza Corp. the Camden County Attorney’s Office said.
The company’s website describes Dream House Windows as “the premier installer of quality replacement windows in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.”
A logo on the website indicates that Dream House Windows is a “BBB Accredited Company”. But when a viewer clicks the logo, a pop-up says the Better Business Bureau revoked its accreditation and received an F rating after 52 complaints in three years.
Founded in 1985, the company has also been the subject of more than a dozen lawsuits, according to state court records. The public prosecutor’s office assumes “several further allegations of fraud”, said the public prosecutor’s office.
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Two theft reports filed in Cherry Hill and Waterford charge Emachah with taking thousands of dollars worth of bail for work never done, prosecutors said.
A third theft charge alleges that Emachah hung on the wages of a worker who owed money on a suspended sentence, “but kept the money for himself rather than forward it to the appropriate government office,” prosecutors said.
Authorities also allege Emachah issued bad checks to workers expecting wages of $31,000 and two suppliers who owed more than $32,000.
The crimes are said to have happened since January 2014. The last was reported in May.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of Dream House Windows is urged to contact DA Detective Grace Clodfelter at (856) 225-8479.