The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 23, 2013

Contractor charged not doing work

Herald staff

SHARON — A Sharon man has been charged with three cases of taking money for home improvement work and never doing the jobs.

Timothy A. Pickard, 29, of 390 Euclid Ave., Sharon, is being sought by Hermitage police in two cases on charges of home improvement fraud and theft, and state police on Wednesday charged him with theft.

Pickard does business under the name American Builders and Handyman Services, and entered a contract July 18 to replace basement windows; drywall and carpet a basement bedroom; and remodel a bathroom at a home in the 400 block of Coolidge Drive, Hermitage police said.

He was paid $3,300 in advance and never did the work, police said.

On June 20 and 24, he signed two contracts to build a porch roof and a fence at a home in the 2000 block of Victoria Drive, Hermitage police said. He started the porch roof July 17 but the city stopped him because he did not obtain a building permit and the work did not comply with the building code, police said.

Paid $3,300, Pickard never returned, police said.

State police said Pickard entered a contract Sept. 12 with Otter Creek Township to replace windows at the township building and was paid $1,977, police said. He did not do the work and did not return telephone calls, police said.