Anthony Valera was also wanted by the Pennsylvania State Police Fern Ridge station for unrelated charges, the lead charge namely being Theft by Deception, a Felony of the Third Degree. Valera was also wanted by the Monroe County Office of Domestic Relations. Valera was arrested by Detectives for these warrants as well and he is currently incarcerated at Monroe County Correctional Facility on his $30,000.00 secured bail and is also being held there on a detainer by Domestic Relations.
Investigation by the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney Criminal Investigations Division is ongoing, and has determined that there may be more alleged victims who have not yet come forward.
Thank you to all the members of the public who contacted Detective Thomas McMahon to assist with the apprehension of Anthony Valera.
Eric J. Kerchner | Chief County Detective
Office of the District Attorney
Criminal Investigation Division | Monroe County Drug Task Force
701 Main Street, Suite 100, Stroudsburg PA 18360-2073
Desk: 570-517-3109 | Fax: 570-517-3825
Web page: www.monroecountyda.com
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Official Press Release -
Anthony Valera is wanted by the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney for Contractor Fraud and numerous Theft offenses, in violation of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act and the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. Most of the criminal offenses Valera is charged with are Felonies of the Second or Third degree.
The criminal allegations basically are that Anthony Valera has been taking money from customers for various work projects, doing only a small amount of work or no work at all, and then not finishing the job. In some cases VALERA insisted on being paid weekly or bi-weekly in his contract then, when the victims pay for almost the entire amount of money specified in the contract VALERA would then abandon the project and stop communicating with the victims. In other cases, VALERA has taken the first or first two installments of payments for projects and then either not done any of the work or abandoned the project without completing it.
It is currently suspected that Anthony Valera has stolen approximately $154,400.00 from five (5) different customers/families who signed contracts with him for construction/home improvement projects. However, this investigation has revealed that there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.
Anthony Valera has done business using the following business names: Valera Home Improvement LLC, Pocono Custom Home Builders Corp., Valera Custom Home Builders LLC, and V.H.I. LLC.
Valera is known to drive a 2013 Nissan NV Work Van, white in color, bearing a PA Registration of ZMX 1797. There may or may not be decals with one of the above mentioned business names on the van.
If you happen to encounter Anthony Valera in public, please call 911 or your local police department.