Lower Southampton Police Charge Philadelphia Contractor With Home Improvement Fruad

John McDevitt, 48. Photo via Lower Southampton Township Police.

For the second time in two weeks, police in Lower Bucks have made an arrest on home improvement fraud charges.

This time, the Lower Southampton Police have charged John McDevitt, 48. The Philadelphia contractor of McDevitt Construction & Design allegedly accepted payment for several construction projects which he never completed.

Police first received a report from an alleged victim in March of last year. Since then, investigators say they have identified a total of seven victims.

McDevitt is in custody and will remain in Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail at 10 percent. He faces other charges including Theft By Deception, Deceptive Business Practices, and Receiving Stolen Property.

A Yardley Borough man was arrested in late February on similar charges.

Police say a victim living in Newtown Township hired Patrick Niles, 58, this past September to complete a project on their house.

Patrick Niles, 58. Photo via Newtown Township Police.

Operating under the name PFN Home Improvement, Niles allegedly collected more than 4,500 in payment from his target. But police say Niles never did the job and kept the money.

Upon closer inspection, police found Niles is not a licensed contractor in Pennsylvania. He also does not have liability insurance.

Niles gave himself up to police Feb. 22 and was released on unsecured $25,000 bail.