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Samuel Cuevas in jail for deceptive business practices

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem man is in jail in Northampton County for fraudulent and deceptive business practices.

According to a police complaint, 45-year-old Samuel Cuevas of Norfolk Dr. Bethlehem, received money on multiple occasions from 86-year-old Frederick Schmitt Jr., to replace the roof of Schmitt's house, also on Norfolk Dr.

Between March 10, 2014 and April 8, 2014, Cueves received payments for services and supplies from Schmitt totaling $9,300.00.

However, Cuevas never provided any services to Schmitt and never paid him back either.

On March 10, 2014, Cuevas received $5,600.00 from Schmitt as deposit for replacing the roof, which Cuevas had estimated to cost $10,600.00.

On March 21, Ceuvas requested another payment of $3400.00, which he claimed was for supplies to repair the roof.

On April 8, Cuevas again requested additional funds from Schmitt and received another check for $300.00.

According to Schmitt, Cuevas said the $3,400.00 of March 21, was for supplies.

But when no supplies arrived at Schimitt's house, Schmitt questioned Cuevas who said he had taken the supplies to his own house by mistake.

Schmitt then went to Cuevas' house but did not see any supplies.

Schmitt also told officials that he had not been able to contact Cuevas since April 8 and, the roof had still not been replaced.

On May 30, Det. Scot Lipare contacted Cuevas who said he had used the money he received from Schmitt to buy supplies for other jobs he was doing and he did not have the money to repay Schmitt at that time.

On June 11  when Cuevas was again contacted, he said he still did not have the money to repay Schmitt.

He added that he did not believe he was liable since Schmitt broke the contract by having someone else replace the roof.

A warrant of arrest was consequently issued for Cuevas.

He was charged with multiple counts including deceptive or fraudulent business practices, theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

He was arraigned before MDJ James J. Narlesky on Tuesday and committed to NCP.

Bail is set at $10,000.00 monetary and preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 19th.

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