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May 19. 2013 11:34PM
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EXETER — A Plains Township man was arraigned Saturday for charges of theft by deception, court documents say.

George Poplawski, 41, allegedly failed to meet terms of a contract with Matthew Stuka to convert a Harland Street house into a two-unit apartment, the police complaint says.

Stuka, paid $73,000 to Poplawski during nine months for work that was never completed. Stuka terminated the job in October last year, three months after the job was proposed to be finished and Poplawski stopped answering his calls, the complaint says.

Upon inspection, Stuka found Poplawski’s crews had completed minimal work with the wrong materials; some of them were old. Stuka had paid Poplawski for new supplies that could not be found and construction permits that were never acquired, the complaint says.

Poplawski did not offer employee time records or purchase receipts for the project.

Poplawski was charged with felony counts of theft by deception and deceptive business practices, and jailed for lack of $25,000 bail.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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