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David Valenti of Moosic gave up ...
David Valenti of Moosic gave up his nearly two-year fight to stay out of jail.
Valenti, the owner of Wyoming Homes in Plains, pleaded guilty Monday to 19 counts of theft by deception, and struck a plea deal with prosecutors in Luzerne County.
Under the deal, Valenti
will be sentenced to nine to 18 months in jail and will then be expected to make as much restitution as possible.
"I'm trying to settle some cases," said Valenti
Others who bought used homes claim Valenti
gave them homes that were worth less than the ones they ordered.
And when many of these individuals asked Valenti
for a refund of their deposit, they said he
As part of the plea deal, Valenti
is ordered to make restitution.
In 2014, Valenti
real estate license, which means he
can't sell modular homes.
After the hearing, we caught up with Valenti
to ask how he
could pay everyone back.
"I was advised not to make any comments, sorry," said Valenti
is scheduled to be sentenced May 26, and could head directly to jail to start serving his
term of up to 18 months.
That won't be the end of his
Valenti faces similar criminal charges in Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties, where he
once had Wyoming Homes
Slapped with More Theft Charges
, Well-Known Modular Homes Dealer Charged
WILKES-BARRE - The state Attorney ...
WILKES-BARRE - The state Attorney General's Office argued against discharging thousands of dollars in restitution and civil penalties in the pending bankruptcy case of David Valenti, the beleaguered owner of Wyoming Homes Inc.
In U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the AG's Bureau of Consumer Protection
filed as an adversary of Valenti
, referencing civil and criminal cases against him for allegedly bilking customers who paid for manufactured homes and services that were not provided.
, 62, of Glenmaura Drive, Moosic, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The number at his Wyoming Homes'
office in Plains Township was disconnected.
is free on bail in his
pending criminal cases in Bradford, Luzerne
, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.
The AG's Office said it has standing as a creditor from a civil complaint filed last July in Luzerne County Court
The AG's Office said that under the Consumer Protection Law, Valenti owes $1,000 for each violation, $3,000 for each violation involving a consumer 60 and older, restitution and court costs.
The filing did not list a total owed.
filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February to liquidate the business.
According to information provided by the ...
According to information provided by the state police, David D. Valenti, 62, owner of Wyoming Homes Inc., has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition.
The charge against Valenti stems from an incident that occurred on July 19, 2011.
On that date, the report continued, an unnamed Wysox man entered into a contract with Valenti
and Wyoming Homes
to have a modular home installed on his
property in Wysox.
Total purchase price of the home was $59,600, and the man provided Wyoming Homes
with a down payment of $30,000.
However, due to the section of property being zoned for commercial use only, the man was not able to have the modular home installed on the property.
As a result, the installation was canceled, and the man requested a refund of $30,000 from Wyoming Homes
, less any expenses incurred by the company.
But as of April 2015 the man has not received any portion of the $30,000 from Valenti
or Wyoming Homes
, according to the report.
Police indicated they are also charging Valenti
with receiving stolen property.
WILKES-BARRE - The Luzerne ...
WILKES-BARRE - The Luzerne County District Attorney's Office sought a court order to combine nine theft cases against Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti in order to avoid the risk of not being able to prosecute some of them.
, 62, of Glenmaura Drive, Moosic faces charges he
allegedly swindled customers who purchased modular homes from his
business or paid for services that were not performed.
is free on bail and representing himself in the cases.
Detectives from the district attorney's office charged Valenti
in June with felony charges of theft by deception.
Subsequent charges were filed by the detectives and Plains Township Police in July, August and September.
PLAINS TWP. - About 16 alleged ...
PLAINS TWP. - About 16 alleged fraud victims of Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti hurled remarks at him in a district judge's courtroom Tuesday, saying he should go to jail if they don't get refunded their down payments.Outside, they chanted "Wyoming Homes makes owning a home a nightmare."The crowd may become larger as two law enforcement sources said Tuesday that Valenti could possibly face more charges related to allegedly swindling would-...