SOUTH CENTRE TOWNSHIP, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — New developments in an ongoing I-Team investigation into a Columbia County home building business that abruptly closed in April.
Customers of Vision Home Builders near Berwick say they are out tens of thousands of dollars with unfinished or never started homes. They reached out to the I-Team to look into the situation.
There are two separate criminal cases involving Jeff McCreary, the owner of Vision Home Builders: One in Columbia County and a second in Dauphin County.
Jeff McCreary is facing criminal charges including simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment in connection with a confrontation that turned physical on June 15 in front of the offices of Vision Home Builders near Berwick. That confrontation involved Amber Bradshaw, a customer of the company, Eyewitness News reporter Andy Mehalshick, and photographer L Bacerra.
Attorney Greg Moro represents McCreary and tells the I-Team he has filed an application for an ARD, or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.
“Where someone is placed on probation for a period of time, if they’re successful in meeting the goals of probation which involves community service, payment of a program fee, and some other criteria. Then the charges can be dismissed and expunged from their criminal record,” explained Moro.
Jeff McCreary sent an email to customers in late April saying he had no choice but to cease operations, due in large part to the negative financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Customers reached out to the I-Team alleging they were being ripped off. The I-Team went to the business trying to speak with McCreary when the confrontation erupted. Attorney Moro tells the I-Team that confrontation was the culmination of a series of events including what he says was harassment from customers.
“It was an unfortunate incident for everybody and I’m hoping that we can put; resolve it somehow because there’s been obviously everyone’s been affected by this,” said Moro.
Bradshaw tells Eyewitness News that McCreary owes her more than $100,000, and she is having another company finish her home in Columbia County.
“You have to be held accountable for your actions. So far up to this point, he has not been held accountable for his actions,” said Bradshaw.
Also, the I-Team confirmed that a hearing has now been set in Dauphin County District Court in connection with fraud and theft charges filed against McCreary involving another customer. Attorney Moro insists his client did not commit a crime regarding the closing of his company.