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Alleged Fraudulent Business Practices in Huntingdon Valley

Police said a man took a $500 advance to perform a tree service ... and never showed up.

A Philadelphia man never showed up to perform tree services in the yard of a Huntingdon Valley home after receiving an advanced payment for the work, police said.

A criminal complaint was filed March 26 against Joshua D. Huber, 31, of Longshore Street, Philadelphia, after he solicited a resident in the 200 block of Margaretta Avenue in the Huntingdon Valley section of the township and offered to cut down some trees on the complainant’s property in January, police said.

According to police, the complainant agreed to have two trees cut down and paid $250 for the service. Huber performed the service without incident. About a day after the initial service, police said Huber appeared at the residence again soliciting additional services. According to police, Huber asked for a cash advance to replace equipment that had broken that was needed to perform tree services.

The complainant agreed and gave Huber $500 in advance to cut down a tree in the rear yard, police said.  Huber provided the complainant with a written receipt that said, “paid in full,” but by the end of March, the complainant still had not received the tree service, according to police.

Huber is charged with deceptive business practices. A preliminary trial is scheduled for May 22 at 10 a.m. in front of District Justice Juanita Price.

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