Contractors Charged with Home Improvement Fraud


The operators of a contracting business are facing charges after detectives say they ripped off several homeowners in the Scranton-area, taking thousands of dollars for work they never did.

The suspects both live in Bradford County.

Investigators now worry there could be even more victims.

Charles Sanders and his girlfriend Jamie Chandler are both from the Wyalusing-area.

They run Scorpion Enterprises LLC.

 Lackawanna County detectives say they’ve taken at least $11,000 from two clients, who both now want to see justice.

“He turned around and stole my money. He didn’t do no work at all,” John Fenton of Scranton said.

John Fenton has lived on Gardner Street in Scranton for 15 years.

When he needed a new roof last year, he hired Sanders and his girlfriend.

Instead of doing work, he says all he got were lies and excuses.

“I took the money out of my 401K because it needed to be done and I didn’t have an extra thousands of dollars sitting around,” Fenton said.

Thursday morning, Sanders and Chandler were each charged with theft and fraud charges.

“He’s a dirtbag, him and his girlfriend. They’re both the same. She signed the check and he signed the check. It wasn’t just one person. She came like she was part of the company,” Fenton said.

Harold Whymeyer, who lives on Willow Street in South Scranton, is also believed to be a victim of the pair.

The 72-year-old says they did shoddy work on his roof but took more than $11,000 from him last fall to replace siding and windows.

The work still isn’t finished.

Whymeyer says Sanders always had excuses and false promises.

“I’ll be there tomorrow or something like that or I’ll be there first thing in the morning, but nothing,” Whymeyer said.

Because of Whymeyer’s age, some of the charges against the couple are felonies. “If they’ve scammed one or two people, I’m quite sure there’s more victims out there,” Assistant District Attorney Suzy Tierney said.

Sanders is also facing charges for defrauding a homeowner in Bradford County for more than $63,000. That case is still pending.

Anyone else who may be a victim is urged to call the Lackawanna County DA’s Office.

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