A Murrysville pastor lost nearly $2,000 after paying a man to fix his driveway in Greensburg.
Rev. Chris Livermore told Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan that he needed work done on his driveway, so he got a recommendation from a friend and hired a contractor.
Livermore said he paid Joshua Miller $1,750 in November as a deposit and agreed to pay him another $1,750 after the work was completed.
“He just did some measuring and wrote up an estimate. We came to a contract, I gave him a deposit and that was it,” Livermore said. “It’s a simple story. He took my money and now he’s nowhere around.”
Livermore said no work was ever done, so a few days ago he contacted police and they charged Miller with theft and theft by deception.
“He was sealing a driveway next to a friend of mine and my friend had him do his driveway. He knew I had some work I needed done, so I made contact with him through that,” Livermore said. “He always had an excuse or a reason. He just kept pushing it back and back, then it got to a point where he didn’t call at all.”
Livermore also told Brennan that he had no idea Miller was found guilty of theft by deception, receiving stolen property and writing bad checks in 2006.
Miller was on probation for two years for those crimes. He was arraigned Thursday on the new charges, but no bond was set and he was released. Livrmore said he’s concerned that Miller won’t show up to court.