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By JEN MARCKINI

jmarckini@timesleader.com
HONESDALE – A businessman from Lackawanna County who has modular home offices in Exeter and Hazleton surrendered to authorities on Tuesday for allegedly failing to use money to order a purchased manufactured home and for allegedly forging checks with an excavating business.

David D. Valenti, 55, of 321 Glenmaura Road, Moosic, who is the owner and president of Wyoming Valley Homes, Inc., faces criminal charges resulting from investigations stemming from two complaints filed by Wayne County District Attorney’s and state police.
The modular home business, which has sites in Luzerne County, is based in Texas Township, Wayne County.
Valenti was charged with two counts of theft for allegedly failing to use funds in relation to the acceptance of $57,140 from a man who state police said bought a modular home in January.
According to the first complaint, Michael Agolia entered into an agreement with Wyoming Homes to buy a Skyline Oakbrook 2008 for the price of $60,200. The funds were provided for the purchase of a modular home that was to be constructed on Agolia’s property.
Valenti is accused of accepting the funds in two installments in January and February.
Despite representations that the home in question had been ordered, state police said delivery was never made and no refund has been provided.
According to the second complaint, Valenti is charged with forgery of two checks and theft by deception related to the payment of an excavating contractor hired to perform work for Wyoming Homes.
Bronson Excavating performed work at a Wyoming Homes job site in the spring, according to the affidavit. On April, 16, the landowner issued two checks made payable to both Bronson Excavation and Wyoming Homes, Inc.
The checks – totaling $12,675 – were delivered to Wyoming Homes.
Valenti had no authority to endorse the checks, according to the complaint, and the reason the checks were made payable to both companies was to ensure payment to Bronson. While partial payment had said to have been made to Bronson, the sum of $1,750 remains unaccounted for.
Valenti was arraigned Tuesday afternoon before Wayne County District Judge Joan Snyder. He is free on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for this morning.
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