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Modular Home Dealer Ordered to Jail on 21 Theft Charges

May 27th, 2016 Comments off

david_valenti__mark_moran__the_citizen_s_voice__creditHarking back to a post MHProNews published Feb. 23, 2016 regarding Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti pleading guilty to 19 counts of theft for not delivering modular homes for which he had been paid, he has now pleaded guilty to 21 counts of theft, alleging he stole over $240,000 from his customers.

Valenti, of Moosic, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. to serve nine to 18 months in the county jail, followed by ten years probation after his release, and ordered him to pay over $237,900 in restitution.

A handful of his victims addressed the court during his sentencing hearing. One woman claimed she had to fight tooth and nail for Valenti to deliver the house for which she had paid. When it finally arrived, Valenti began setting it up but left before it was finished. She then had to pay someone else to complete the job, after being told told the house would have to be disassembled and rebuilt because of Valenti’s poor work.

Another victim said Valenti, 63, delivered a house other than the one she ordered, and did not complete the installation. She does not even have title to the house, according to citizensvoice.

Other allegations include receiving down payments for modular homes that were never delivered nor was the money returned, and delivering homes that did not meet the quality standards agreed to. In another case he delivered a home two years after it was paid for, but did not follow through on the installation agreement.

In a letter to the court he apologized for his actions without acknowledging he had deceived his customers.

Theft charges are still pending for Valenti in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. According to a profile of him in 2011, he has been in the off-site built home business since he was 18, and with Wyoming Homes since he was 21. ##

(Photo credit: citizensvoice/Mark Moran–David Valenti arriving at the court house)

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Penn. Women Awarded $60k over Mangled Modular Home Deal

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

david_valenti__mark_moran__the_citizen_s_voice__creditIn a story MHProNews has been following since earlier this year, and last posted an article July 30, 2014, regarding Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti being charged with theft for selling modular homes and not delivering, a Freeland, Penn. women was awarded $59,060.28 in damages for a home that was delivered late and in disrepair. Geraldine Kale paid for the home in full in March, 2010 to be delivered by May 22 of that year, but it did not arrive until Dec. 2010, damaged, after she had paid to store belongings and live in hotels following the sale of her previous home. Luzerne County Court Judge Thomas F. Burke, Jr. awarded her lawyer $11,000. Neither Valenti nor any representation appeared at the proceedings, according to timesleader.com.

Valenti is facing theft charges in other similar cases, as well as an attempt by the state attorney general to permanently close the business. Champion Home Builders filed a five count lawsuit in county court last week alleging Valenti and his company have not made payments on manufactured homes, seeking $59,400 on each count. Additionally, the IRS filed a $6,450.25 lien against Wyoming Homes earlier this year. ##

(Photo credit: Mark Moran/thecitizensvoice.com–David Valenti)

Wyoming Homes Owner Facing New Charges

July 30th, 2014 Comments off

wyoming_homes___penn__creditFollowing up on a story MHProNews last posted July 21, 2014, the hearing for Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti of Moosic, Pennsylvania included a set of new theft charges at his arraignment for the previous violations of the consumer protection laws, alleging he received down payments on modular homes that were never delivered, and refused to return the money. Valenti waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Diana Malast, and she arraigned him on the new charges and released him on $10,000 unsecured bail. The new charges accuse him of receiving $3,400 down payment from a couple on a modular home, with the house being delivered contingent on the buyers obtaining financing. Unable to find financing, they asked for their deposit back and Valenti allegedly refused to refund the money. He is also facing charges of writing a series of bad checks, according to standardspeaker.com. In a phone call after the arraignment Valenti said his business is struggling, and he is trying to return the monies. ##

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Pennsylvania AG Sues Wyoming Homes Owner Valenti

July 21st, 2014 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews last posted June 16, 2014, the Pennsylvania attorney-general’s office is suing David Valenti, president of Wyoming Homes for alleged violations of the consumer protection laws and is seeking to permanently close the business. Twenty complaints were lodged against the business from Aug. 2011 to Dec. 2013 for shoddy workmanship, failure to complete installation of manufactured and modular homes, and not completing delivery of homes after receiving full payment. He faces theft by deception charges in two counties, according to timesleader.com, and the suit alleges false advertising and failure to honor contracts

The AG’s office is seeking a $1,000 penalty for each violation of the law, which increases to $3,000 for each violation involving customers 60 and older, MHProNews has learned. In addition, the suit seeks restitution to customers, payment for enforcement costs and additional relief deemed appropriate by the court. ##

(Photo credit: Mark Moran/thecitizensvoice.com–David Valenti arriving in June for a hearing.)

Modular Homes Dealer Faces more Charges

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews posted June 12, 2014 regarding theft charges against Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti of Moosic, Pennsylvania, citizensvoice.com reports he is also entangled in a dispute over property he leased and then allegedly refused to vacate after it was sold in April, 2013, leaving behind a manufactured home. He is scheduled to appear in court June 23, 2014 for a hearing about this complaint. Additionally, a civil trial is set for Sept. 2014 in Luzerne County Court regarding Geraldine Kale’s claim that she paid Valenti $85,000 for a modular home, but when it did not come on time, she had sold her home and he agreed to pay for her hotel stay, but his checks allegedly bounced. Her lawsuit claims when the home arrived it was defective and Valenti refused to fix the problems. ##

(Photo credit: Mark Moran/The Citizen’s Voice.com)

Modular Homes Owner Faces Theft Charges

June 12th, 2014 Comments off

The owner of Wyoming Homes in Moosic, Pennsylvania has been charged with theft for allegedly receiving down payments for modular homes and neither delivering the goods nor returning the money. According to citizensvoice.com, David Valenti has been charged by Luzerne County detectives in their criminal complaint with two counts of theft by deception. Valenti is said to owe one victim $11,300 and $6,415 to another. He was released after appearing before a magisterial district judge on $25,000 unsecured bail. MHPronews.com has learned independently, according to timesleader.com, in Feb. 2013 Valenti was charged with theft by deception for similarly accepting money for a modular home, and also for forging two checks. It could not immediately be determined the disposition of the earlier charges. ##

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PA Retailer expanding, with another planned expansion to follow

October 25th, 2011 Comments off

Wyoming Homes Dale Valenti credit CitizensVoiceCitizensVoice reports that Dave Valenti, owner of Wyoming Homes, says sales are up in Plains Township, so he is expanding and adding 10 new employees, including truck drivers, sales people and laborers. Valenti also plans to open another sales location and a warehouse center on outside Pottsville in early 2012 that will add another 15 jobs. “We had seven stores at one time. We’re down to one,” Valenti said. “Although we have downsized, there are less dealers now than there were two years ago. Most of our competitors are gone. We are doing better by default.” Mary Gaiski, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association, could not provide a number of how many manufactured homes retailers in the area have closed, but she said, “We haven’t lost as many as other states.” Valenti, 58, of Moosic, has been in the manufactured home business since he was 18 and ran Wyoming Homes since he was 21. Venenti’s son, Marco, 18, now works with him. Among the locations previously closed, Valenti operated a manufactured home community and sales center in Exeter that is now the planned location for a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

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