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Another Home Improvement Contractor Charged

SWOYERSVILLE — Police say they have charged yet another contractor for behaving badly in Luzerne County.

The business owner is accused of breaking promises, leaving projects unfinished, and passing bad checks.

Police in Swoyersville arrested John Krochmaluk Friday morning at one of his work sites.

Even with bad ratings and warnings online, officers say homeowners keep hiring him.

Still wearing a work shirt with his business logos, Krochmaluk was arrested at one project site in Swoyersville for allegedly failing to finish the job at another a few blocks away.

“Somebody comes and they say ‘hey, I’m going to do this for a low amount of money, you’re going to take it.”

Swoyersville Police Chief David Latoski says it’s not hard to find red flags about Krochmaluk’s business.

Wyoming valley landscaping and masonry has an “F” rating with 12 complaints on the Better Business Bureau’s website.

Krochmaluk is also facing several civil complaints and criminal charges for passing bad checks and not finishing projects.

“I’m hoping they get their money back but I don’t promise anybody anything. I doubt it, but they might get something back,” Chief Latoski said.

Investigators say Krochmaluk’s latest charges are for failing to finish a backyard excavating project that one woman paid $4,300 for.

As he was taken to Luzerne County jail after his arraignment, Krochmaluk said he’s not a bad businessman.

“Are you going to finish those projects and make things right?”

“Absolutely,” Krochmaluk said.

Authorities say more complaints are coming in and anyone who is having trouble with this contractor should call their local police department or the Luzerne County district attorney.


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