GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police said a New Castle man was arrested on charges of taking $134,642 from 24 victims for paving work never done and investments never made.
Larry A. Withrow, 53, of Mission Meade Drive, was picked up Monday on a warrant charging him with 15 felony counts and nine misdemeanor counts of theft by deception and three misdemeanor counts of issuing bad checks.
He was arraigned before District Justice Lawrence Silvis and put in Mercer County Jail in lieu of $140,000 bond.
Police allege Withrow approached people in the Sandy Lake Township area between August 1998 and March of this year, posing as an agent for various paving companies and soliciting work in the off-season months.
Withrow received payments in advance for the work, but the paving was never done, police charge.
Withrow also solicited money from various people for investment purposes and gave written statements indicating he would repay them in a given amount of time but never did, police allege. He did write three checks for payment but there was no money in the account to cover them, according to police.