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Man accused of stealing from customers faces new charges

Robert Scifo was rearrested at prelim hearing.

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A man facing charges for allegedly stealing money from his clients had even more charges filed against him at his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Robert Scifo waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges filed in November 2017 alleging he stole more than $28,000 from six victims, according to the Monroe County Chief Detective Eric Kerchner.

Authorities say they opened an investigation after receiving a number of consumer complaints concerning an internet-based food cart manufacturing company Scifo ran called Crown Food Carts.

Customers complained Scifo collected money for the manufacture of food carts or related parts and then either failed to deliver anything or provided items representing a fraction of the value ordered.

Authorities say after those charges went public, thirteen additional victims filed complaints against Scifo, again alleging that they paid for food carts or related parts and either received nothing or products that represented a fraction of the value ordered.

Losses for those victims came out to more than $32,000, according to the DA’s office.

During the Tuesday preliminary hearing Scifo was arrested for those new set of offenses including felony and misdemeanor offenses of theft, theft by deception, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

Scifo was released on unsecured bail.

Kerchner says it’s also been uncovered that Scifo ran another business called Pushcart USA Corporation.

Authorities say the Better Business Bureau rated this company an “F” and customers complained the company would take their money and provide no product or an inferior product.

Authorities are asking that any consumers who may have been a victim of Scifo, Crown Food Carts and/or Pushcart USA to contact Chief Detective Eric Kerchner at 570-517-3109.

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