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Pittston police nab elusive contractor they say conned elderly woman out of $7,000

May 10. 2014 9:09AM

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PITTSTON — After six months of searching, city police earlier this week finally captured a man they say bilked an elderly woman out of $7,000.

Scott Martin, 42, with addresses listed for 67 S. Mountain Blvd., (municipality unknown), and 27 Carverton Road, Shavertown, was arrested Tuesday on active warrants for felony counts of home improvement fraud and theft by deception/false impression.

Police allege that Martin took checks totaling $7,000 from a 74-year-old woman to do carpentry work on her residence and cashed the checks but never did any work. They say the theft took place in May 2013 but was not reported to police until November 2013.

Police said Martin was supposed to do general home improvement including, including enclosing her upstairs apartment windows with screens and laying new carpet in the kitchen. The victim told police the cost was supposed to cover “anything that needed to be done” in the apartment she rents out.

Police captured Martin in the parking lot of Insalaco’s based on a tip from a confidential informant that he would be there, police said.

Martin was arraigned before District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz and, unable to post $25,000 bail, jailed at county prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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