Fugitive arrested in home improvement fraud case

December 10, 2019

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Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney recently charged Robert Joseph Deharder, 70, formerly of Montandon, Northumberland County, for his role in defrauding an elderly couple out of their money by failing to install a metal roof onto their Jackson Township residence.

In 2015, a representative of Deharder’s company, We Do Metal Roofs, agreed to install a metal roof on the victims’ house for $26,000.  We Do Metal Roofs was paid a deposit of $20,000 for the work, but failed to do any work as agreed.

Investigation revealed that Deharder had withdrawn large sums of money from multiple business accounts before fleeing Pennsylvania to avoid prosecution.

Deharder was eventually located in Florida living under an assumed identity by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police and the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force.

Deharder faces charges of deceptive business practices, home improvement fraud, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property, all of which are felonies.  He will be extradited from Florida and appear before Magisterial District Judge Daniel Kresge at a later date.

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