A Mars contractor has been charged with defrauding two clients of more than $60,000 in construction costs, according to a police complaint filed Monday.
John Levkulich, 51, was arraigned today on charges of theft, home improvement fraud, and fraudulent business practices. The criminal complaint states that Mr. Levkulich performed substandard remodeling work at two separate residences, failing to complete the projects within a reasonable time frame in 2011 and 2012 as he collected almost $75,000 in payment.
Beginning in June 2011, Paul Singh of Monroeville made a number of payments totaling $29,500 to Mr. Levkulich to remodel his basement, according to the affidavit. After Mr. Levkulich failed to show up at the worksite for several weeks in May, Mr. Singh contacted another contractor to finish the job.
That contractor informed him that all of Mr. Levkulich's work was done improperly and would have to be removed, resulting in a loss of $22,500.
The affidavit states that Mr. Levkulich also entered into a contract with John Lamberson of the Strip District in July 2011, agreeing to complete a home remodeling project in four price point phases. Mr. Levkulich worked sporadically for several months, collecting $45,000 in total as he progressed without completing each phase of the project.
In June 2012, Mr. Lamberson hired a different contractor to complete the job. He lost an estimated $40,000.
Mr. Levulich surrendered to the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office this morning.
He was released on his own recognizance and faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Gavan Gideon: email@example.com or 412-263-4910.