DA: Contractor Took $450,000 From Elderly Homeowner

SHENANDOAH — Investigators in Schuylkill County are trying to find a contractor who allegedly ripped off an elderly man in Shenandoah.

Schuylkill County detectives say Anthony Montanari a contractor from Weston in Luzerne County took more than $450,000 from an elderly man in Shenandoah Heights, promising to do work on his home that was never finished.

Now detectives say one part of the man’s home is dangerous for him to use.

The money was paid to Montanari over several years and police say he used it to buy snowmobiles, dirt trucks, and property throughout the region.

It all started when Tony Lazusky, a World War II and Korean War veteran from Shenandoah Heights hired the contractor to do work on his roof.

But then the contractor said the house needed work done to its siding, wiring, and bathroom.

For all that Montanari charged Lazusky $450,000.

Most of the work barely got started.

Investigators also say the contractor re-wired one of the bedrooms incorrectly.

Now Lazusky can’t use electricity in that room for fear the wires could spark and cause a fire.

We spoke with the victim who says he gets very upset thinking about all the money he handed over.

“I try really not to think too much about it because it would, it’s mind boggling and I think it would throw my mind off,” Lazusky said.

Investigators filed a warrant for the arrest of Anthony Montanari but they haven’t been able to track him down.

The contractor is also wanted in Luzerne County.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Schuylkill County district attorney’s office.

 

13 comments

  • Joanne

    Also, AlsMontanais grew up in projects of Slatington. Now the mother owns a home and new car allegedly purchased by Tony. Guess where that money came from?

  • ashley

    i know this scumbag. he is a child molester and. he is from slatington ,pa. the police are very shitty at doing their job to ‘protect and serve when it comes to this guy. he is very easy to find. tony is way over due for his time in prison. im sure he has ripped of countless people. this guys is a monster and should have been put away a long time ago.

  • Dee

    This is an scam that is outright disgusting, but if he did it to one How many more Senior Citizens has he done the same thing too? Even he he can not be found his money should be traceable follow it and you will find the swindler! and To those who judge what or how much people have. Wake up and realizing they are not going to discussed it or brag about it, they worked many years for it. There is a lot more money in communities like Shenandoa. This people of Northeastern PA have been hard workers all there life! It still don’t give anyone the right to take advantage of them and a lot of our elderly do not have family that they can turn too for help and at the same time they feel bad that someone took advantage of them.

  • Skeptic

    To those of you questioning how the man could be parted with $450k before realizing that something was wrong… remember that the whole point of a scam, especially against the elderly, is to trick the victim into thinking everything is normal. Clearly there’s more to the story. Either the elderly man is losing his memory and didn’t realize that he was paying for the same thing over and over, or the contractor gained his trust with lies and promises that the victim didn’t fully comprehend. Or any combination of deceit. As far as I’m concerned, there’s a special place down below for people who prey on the elderly.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Thats one of the biggest tricks of Scam-style contractors. Roof repair leads to siding, wiring and a bathroom?? Come on people, wake up. Get different opinions from different contractors before you go with one. Dont tell them what the other guy says either. If all 3 contractors are telling you the same thing, thats probably the case. If the guy with the rusted out 1983 Ford and no front teeth is trying to tell you that you need sky lights and heated tile, HE MIGHT BE A CON ARTIST!!!!

  • MICHAEL

    WNEP TV SHOULD START A FUND FOR THIS MAN. HE SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND NOW OUR COUNTRY CAN SERVE HIM HELP HIM RECOUP SOME OF HIS LOSSES. IM IN WITH THE FIRST $25.00. JUST LET ME KNOW WHAT BANK TO SEND THE CHECK TO. PAY IT FOWARD PEOPLE THIS MAN DESERVES IT. BEING PENNILESS THE LAST FEW DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS OR YEARS OF HIS LIFE IS NOT WHAT HE DESERVES.

    • JP

      Agreed. I do not understand why anyone would keep handing over any money, nevermind $450k worth when you see the work is not being completed? And apparently never got an estimate or a second qoute? The contractor deserves to have all his assets frozen and then taken out back and shot. Mr. Lazusky deserves better than to be treated this way.

    • Paul Zombie

      Not with my money! Can’t you see there’s something very suspicious here? Nobody gets taken for that much!

  • Bob Barrett

    Wow ! That’s a lot of cabbage ! If I had $450,000 to spend I would have left Shendoh a long time ago !!!

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