A home-improvement contractor is headed to prison after he stole rental equipment, wrote bad checks and ruined a customer's septic system making the home uninhabitable, the Bucks County district attorney's office said.
Todd Michael Craig, 31 of North Wales, was sentenced Tuesday to two to seven years in state prison and ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution. He will also serve seven years probation. Craig pleaded guilty on Nov. 9 to theft, criminal mischief and other related charges, according to court records.
In December 2015, Craig, who did business as T.M.C. Mechanical, rented machinery using credentials from his father's inactive construction business and failed to return the expensive equipment. Police found the items at a Buckingham Township home where Craig was doing renovations.
Investigators found Craig had fleeced the homeowner by overcharging him for work – some of which was never done. He also stole silver, personal items, and credit cards, racking up thousands of dollars in charges. Craig jackhammered a trench through a concrete slab as part of an unnecessary septic system repair and caused "an unlivable mess and stench," that forced the owner out of the home and financially ruined him, according to the district attorney's office.
Craig said he got in over his head by trying to run his own business. His criminal history includes forgery and bad checks, and the district attorney's office said the actions were part of an ongoing series of thefts and other "acts of deceit."
[Update: This post has been updated to clarify that Craig is from Montgomery County, but was operating in Bucks County.]