Authorities have charged the owner of a North Hills tree trimming and removal service with more than two dozen offenses, accusing him of taking money for work that police say was never performed.
Jeramiah Cubarney, 28, of West Deer faces multiple counts of theft, deceptive business practices and home improvement fraud.
According to investigators, alleged victims signed contracts with Mr. Cubarney, the owner of Cubarney Tree Service, for work such as tree cutting and stump removal and made a down payment. In some cases, Mr. Cubarney would return or call to ask for money for additional equipment, a police affidavit said. Mr. Cubarney would either leave the work incomplete or never return, according to the affidavit.
So far, at least eight households in the North Hills have filed a complaint with the police.
Cubarney, is facing three home improvement fraud cases in Middlesex Township, one in Cranberry Township and more than 10 other cases in Richland, Hampton and McCandless townships.
On Oct. 5 in Middlesex Township, he was charged with accepting $1,500 from a Keithwood Drive resident to clean up storm damage and haul away some logs and never performing the work.
Township police filed two additional cases last week.
In one of those cases, police said a North Drive resident paid Cubarney $500 in May to trim some trees and take down several others. The resident said that Cubarney had called him about 30 days later to say that he was injured, but he never returned the money or did the work.
All the cases were postponed for 90 days. Mr. Cubarney’s bail was granted non-monetary bond with a no-contact order for his alleged victims and a requirement to enter an in-patient rehab center out of state.
“Like many in our community he is suffering from an opioid addiction which was the fuel that led to the alleged victimization,” Nicole Nino, Mr. Cubarney’s attorney, said late Wednesday afternoon.