WAYNE COUNTY - The owners of Bordsam’s Inc. Plumbing, Electrical Services in Texas Township, are facing several felony charges related to overcharging and performing work that is unnecessary. In a case filed by State Police, the victim, an 81-year old woman from Seelyville, paid Borsdam’s Inc. over $83,000 in 2014-2015.
Charged were filed in District Court, February 22nd by the PA State Police against David Borsdam and his wife Betty Jane Borsdam of Honesdale.
Additionally, Honesdale Borough Police filed their own complaints, on behalf of two other elderly victims.
In the case of the 81-year old woman from Seelyville (Victim 1), State Police referred to “financial exploitation” done at the home. The Service Coordinator for Protective Services for Wayne County Area Agency of Aging supplied Trooper John Strelish with 15 contracts for work done by Borsdam’s, dated Nov. 19, 2014- Aug. 6, 2015. Victim 1 paid a total of $83,771.43 for the work.
On September 9, Steve Ostrander, Area on Aging Inspector, of Ostrander Design Homes, went to the residence to review work that had been completed by Borsdam’s. After reviewing invoices of worked billed and actual work done, Ostrander gave his opinion to State Police that the work was more than necessary to complete the needed repairs. Stranger was of the opinion that the prices were extremely high and that the homeowner was taken advantage of.
Executing search warrants, State Police obtained files and records from Borsdam’s which State Police say reveal a scheme of conduct to obtain money from the victim but overcharging for work that was “patently unneccessary” or that charges were “grossly exorbitant.”
This included contracts for snow removal, yard work, repairs to a bath room floor, replacing a water heater and lines, and an electrical upgrade, among other jobs.
State Police also allege that of the $83,771.43 paid by Victim 1, a review bank account records say taught $19,074 was not deposited into company accounts but were cashed by either David or Betty Borsdam.
Charges include Home Improvement Fraud by: False Misleading Statement and Advance Payment; Criminal Conspiracy and Theft by Deception.
Victim 2 is an elderly male in Honesdale who paid Borsdam’s $49,721.45 in 2015 for a new boiler and other jobs at his home. Wayne County Area Agency on Aging intervened, and two independent contractors reviewed the work. Their opinion given Honesdale Borough Police that some of the work was not necessary and in any event was grossly overcharged. The period of work was on or about January 1, 2014 to August 11, 2015.
Charges filed by Borough Police in this incident include Home Improvement Fraud, Deceptive Business Practices and Criminal Conspiracy.
Victim 3 is a Honesdale resident, an 81-year old man. Wayne County Area Agency on Aging contacted State Police alleging financial exploitation. The complaint alleged overpricing as well as work that was unnecessary.
This included repair of a leaking toilet. The first proposal was for $2736.20 and a second proposal, after beaming told more work as needed, totaled $18,891.35. The victim signed both proposals, and paid a total of $6,250. Having concerns if the work was really needed, he asked a minster friend to find another contractor to take a look. That contractor concluded the work wasn’t necessary, and in turn contacted the Area Agency on Aging. The County in turn sent their own inspector, who reached the same opinion.
Charges filed by Borough Police in this incident include Deceptive Business Practices, Theft by Deception and Criminal Conspiracy, all felonies.