Bucks County Man Charged With Water Treatment Ripoff Will Face Trial
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By Brad Segall
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Doylestown man is headed to trial in Bucks County on charges he ripped off a couple that purchased a water filtration system but never got it. And police believe there may be more victims out there.
Steven Wiley waived his preliminary hearing and will stand trial on numerous charges that include theft, receiving stolen property, and deceptive business practices — all felonies.
Police say the 50-year-old man took money from an Upper Makefield couple last June for a home water treatment system but failed to do the work.
“Mr. Wiley was the one that actually did the installations He came out to the house, gave them an estimate, and they signed on and provided a check to him in the amount of $4,500,” says Bucks County prosecutor Marc Furber.
Police believe that Wiley cashed the check and used the money for personal use.
Furber says Wiley worked for Hague Quality Water and may have taken advantage of other residents.
“We understand there may be others out there, and frankly we’d like other individuals that may have fallen victim to this same scheme to contact the Upper Makefield Township police department,” he says.
Wiley is free after posting ten percent of his $100,000 bail.