Shillington contractor charged with home improvement fraud in Lyons

Troy M. Miller

From OFFICE OF THE BERKS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Chief Detective Michael Gombar reported Home Improvement Fraud in Lyons with charges against Troy M. Miller, 49, Shillington. Charges include Home Improvement Fraud, Theft by Deception and Receiving Stolen Property.

In November 2013, the Berks County District Attorneys Crime Unit initiated a financial investigation into a reported allegation of a home improvement fraud and theft by Troy M. Miller, a private contractor. The case was initially reported by the victim to the Northern Berks Regional Police Department.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Troy M. Miller falsely entered into an agreement with the victim in January of 2013 to make home improvements to the victims home in the Borough of Lyons. Miller agreed to replace windows and a door to the victims home. As a part of the agreement, the victim paid $1,800 in advance to Miller for the materials. Subsequently, Miller never purchased the materials or started the work. The victim made several attempts to contact Miller to return the money. Miller failed to return the advanced money.

As a result, detectives obtained a warrant of arrest for Troy M. Miller on the aforementioned listed charges. The warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Thomas M. Gauby Sr. on Feb. 24.

Feb. 25, at 10 a.m., Troy M. Miller surrendered to detectives at the Berks County Detectives Office. He was escorted by detectives to the Berks County Sheriffs Department Central Processing Unit for processing and awaiting video arraignment.