Oil City Contractor Accused of Theft By Deception for Collecting Money from Victim, Not Completing Job

| February 18, 2019

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is facing felony theft by deception charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly took money from a victim and then did not complete a contracted job in Reno.

According to court documents, the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department filed criminal charges in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office against 60-year-old Michael Lee Bowen, of Oil City, on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

According to a criminal complaint, Michael Bowen obtained money from a known victim to put in a new HVAC system in a residence located on Chestnut Street in Reno.

The complaint states that Bowen collected half of the money ($5,573.22) for the job on August 2, 2018. Bowen then had the victim pay for his own HVAC system ($8,400.03) in September of 2018, which would make the amount $2,825.81 over the proposal.

Bowen allegedly hired unqualified people to put this system in, and they were unable to finish the job and ruined the warranty on the new HVAC, according to the complaint.

Bowen’s business license expired on January 30, 2018, according to the Pa. Attorney General business license section. In addition, Bowen’s HVAC services insurance for the business had expired on June 6, 2016, and was never renewed, the complaint indicates.

He was charged with a first-degree felony charge of Theft By Deception-False Impression.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 20 with Judge Lowrey presiding.

A certified summons was issued on February 14.

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