Marc Haworth, 42, swindled 10 Bucks County households into choosing his illegally ran contracting business.
The Fairless Hills resident pleaded guilty in Oct to 30 separate criminal counts including home improvement fraud, deceptive business practices, theft by deception and insurance fraud, all third-degree felonies. He also received first-degree misdemeanors, one count of theft by deception and one count of insurance fraud.
Haworth was sentenced to 25-years of probations and to pay $191,404.52 in restitution to the victims per Common Pleas Court Judge James McCaster.
Beginning in 2011, Haworth accepted tens and thousands of dollars in payments for projects in Northampton, Middletown, Wrightstown, Falls, Bristol and Solebury Townships that he never completed. He promised to complete swimming pool projects, fencing, garage and shed construction, and roofing and paving work.
By Friday’s sentencing, Haworth only repaid one of the households in full. The rest are amounts ranging from $55,000 to $1,500, according to Deputy District Attorney Alan Garabedian who prosecuted the case.
Bucks County Detectives Eric Landamia and David Coyne investigated the fraud of Pool & Patio Specialist, LLC, formerly owned by Haworth and his wife.
Haworth also admitted to fraudulently obtaining state-required insurance and registration for his companies. He and his wife had several civil judgments entered against them and filed for bankruptcy in which he lied about to register the business.
In 2015 Haworth received insurance for business coverage by not disclosing former arrests in 2003 and earlier that same year.
Despite the history, Haworth was able to work two months as a sub-contractor for a major area homebuilder and earned $12,000.
Judge McMaster also sentenced Haworth to 12 to 24 months for each of the 10 households he defrauded. Five of the sentences will run consecutively for a total of 5 to 10 years in prison.
Authorities urge anyone who believes he or she has been defrauded by Haworth or his companies over the past five years to contact local police.
Contact: Alan J. Garabedian, 215.348.6296, firstname.lastname@example.org