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MODULAR HOME BUILDER: July 2016
Wyoming Homes owner David Dominic Valenti, 63, of Moosic, was sentenced July 13th to 9-18 months in county jail for deceptive business practice in a case involving a man who hoped to relocate to Tunkhannock Township.
Nearly three years later Valenti still had not delivered, but excuses continued to be provided, including on Wednesday.
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 refused. As part of the plea deal, Valenti is ordered to make restitution. In 2014, Valenti lost his 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. 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 problems. Valenti faces similar criminal charges in Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties, where he once had Wyoming Homes satellite offices. 41.251422 -75.878138 Related stories David Valenti Slapped with More Theft Charges David Valenti, Well-Known Modular Homes Dealer Charged
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. Valenti, 62, of Glenmaura Drive, Moosic, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The number at his Wyoming Homes' office in Plains Township was disconnected. He 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. Valenti filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February to liquidate the business.
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.
David Valenti, the owner of Wyoming Homes, was hit with 14 additional charges Friday morning.
He was first charged this past summer after several people claimed they made deposits on a home, but never received them. Valenti also faces similar charges in Susquehanna County.