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PREATE SAYS POCONO HOME-BUILDER OWES CONSUMERS NEARLY $189,000

 PREATE SAYS POCONO HOME-BUILDER OWES CONSUMERS NEARLY $189,000
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. is seeking nearly $189,000 in restitution for three consumers in a suit filed today against a Pocono home-builder.
 Preate's suit, filed in Wayne County Common Pleas Court by his Bureau of Consumer Protection, identifies the defendant as John McMahon, whose last known address is Hawley RD 2.
 McMahon is listed as the operator of both Con-Mac Inc., Hawley RD 1, and Prudential-Country Heritage Real Estate Inc., East Stroudsburg RD 5.
 The suit alleges that McMahon:
 -- Was paid $85,000 by a Greentown couple for a house that has major problems resulting from the use of shoddy materials and the improper installation of siding, windows and kitchen cabinets.
 -- Completed only minimal foundation work for a Huntington, N.Y., consumer who paid him $84,975 to build a home.
 -- Took a $19,000 down payment on a home-construction contract for a Staten Island, N.Y., couple, but failed to do any work.
 Deputy Attorney General J.P. McGowan, attorney-in-charge of the Bureau of Consumer Protection's Scranton office, said the consumer transactions took place in 1989.
 The suit asks the court to order McMahon to pay restitution and civil penalties and to bar him from doing business as a homes sales, construction or repairs contractor until the restitution is paid.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or, home, 717-657-9840/ CO: Office of Attorney General ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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