Man accused of fraud, theft
Catharine Twp. couple allegedly paid for roofing job that was never completed
A Bedford County man faces charges after state police allege he took thousands of dollars from a Catharine Township couple for a roofing job and never did any work.
According to court records, Tyson Neville, 39, of Six Mile Run was arraigned Wednesday night on felony charges of home improvement fraud, theft by deception and receiving stolen property stemming from allegations that Neville took $3,500 in advances from a couple but never showed up to do any work.
State police allege Neville and his then-girlfriend Alicia Kump arrived at the couple’s home in Catharine Township after the couple found “Neville’s Contracting” advertised online and inquired about having Neville perform work on their home.
According to state police, Kump responded to the couple and both Neville and Kump showed up in late September or early October 2019. After Neville and the couple discussed the project, which involved fixing the roof and interior of the home, Neville allegedly left with a $1,000 down payment.
He told the couple he would provide an estimate, but state police allege Neville never did any work and instead returned several times to collect more money.
Police said Neville was given $500 on two occasions and then $2,000. The couple tried contacting Neville and Kump after they failed to do any work, state police noted.
Police said the couple only knew Neville and Kump by their first names, and once investigators determined their identity, the couple were shown photo line-ups to confirm it was Kump and Neville that showed up at their home and took the money.
When state police spoke to Kump on May 5, she allegedly said she and Neville had broken up in December and while she drove to the couple’s house with him, she never got out of the truck. She denied receiving any of the money but said she did see Neville receive money from the couple.
Neville told state police on June 2 that he had taken $2,500 from the couple to do work he never performed. He said he and Kump were in business together and he didn’t do the work because they broke up in December and when they did, he lost all his contact information for his clients.
Neville said he had the money he took from the couple in his bank account but he spent it on bills, state police contend.
Neville was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond after his arraignment by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner is slated for July 21. Kump has been charged but she has not been arraigned on her charges.