HONESDALE - The owner of Lakeland Stair and Millwork, who also is a borough councilman, took $4,500 of money from a client for work he never performed and materials he never ordered, state police said.
Harry DeVrieze, 57, of Honesdale, faces felony charges of theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking.
"That's a shock," Councilman Scott Smith said Monday, adding that he has always had a lot of confidence in DeVrieze.
DeVrieze was to order and install countertops at the alleged victim's home on Crestmont Drive in Honesdale, but never did, police said.
The councilman was arraigned before District Judge Ted Mikulak and released on $10,000 bail.
More on this developing story will be posted as it becomes available.