Contractor charged with deceptive business practices, theft in Wilkes-Barre Township

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A construction contractor from Scranton was arraigned Tuesday on allegations he failed to complete renovations to a residence after receiving cash from the homeowner.

James J. Owens, 55, of Shawnee Avenue, proprietor of James J. Owens Construction, was charged by Wilkes-Barre Township police with three counts of theft, two counts of receives advance payment for services and fails to perform and one count of deceptive business practices stemming from a contract he failed to uphold with a homeowner on Saratoga Court, according to court records.

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