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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Coudersport Contractor Stole Nearly $400,000. From Customer

A Coudersport contractor was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $250,000. straight bail after he was arrested by State Police on felony Theft/Fraud charges.

Jim Ronald Mills Jr., 38, of 3343 Alabama Trail, Coudersport, PA, owner and operator of M & M Mechanical, is accused of stealing nearly $400,000.00 over the course of over 2 years from a 75 year old woman who hired him to work on her home on Meeker Hollow Road in Pike Township, Potter County..

Approximately $363,000.00 in cash, and $32,110.00 in other property that included three motor vehicles was taken from Margaret Ann Andrews of Galeton, PA.

In a news release Thursday night, Trooper Glenn C. Drake II, of the PSP Coudersport Station, said the accused Mills was hired as a contractor by Andrews. Over the course of two years working for the victim, Mills prepared work order estimates for jobs to be done at the victim's home.

He started jobs and took payment of advances on the work and did not complete the work.

Mills convinced Andrews to invest in properties in Tioga County that had mineral rights. He bought these properties in his name and did not repay Andrews.

Mills took three motor vehicles from the victim, a 1998 Dodge Truck with a snowplow, a John Deere backhoe, and a Cub Cadet lawnmower. Mills took possession of numerous other items of Andrews' that included a door, a window, a generator, a portable wood saw mill, 2 refrigerators, gas in gas cans, and items not used in her home repairs, but already paid for, such as a 200 amp electrical service with fuses.

Mills was arrested Wednesday on a warrant issued by Magisterial District Judge Delores G. Bristol in District Court 55-4-03. He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Barbara Easton who set bail at $250,000. straight. Mills was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail.

A Search Warrant was issued by Judge Bristol, and served on Mills' home in the Cherry Springs area on Thursday.

Trooper Drake filed the following charges: 5 counts of (F3) Theft; 3 counts of (F3) Theft By Deception; 4 counts (F3) Receiving Stolen Property; 1 count (F3) Deceptive of Fraudulent Business Practices; and 1 count (M2) Criminal Mischief.

36 comments :

Anonymous said...

Preying on the elderly....a despicable crime.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this women was taken advantage of by who she thought was a trusted contractor. I hope they throw the book at him.

Anonymous said...

Sadly this is todays world! We see it every day on the news people stealing millions of dollars with little or no punishment for their crimes! We live in a do what ever it takes to get the money world!

Anonymous said...

Please burn him but don't shoot him as that is entirely too kind for that kind of person. I have dealt with him only once before and he is a shyster.

Anonymous said...

YES!!!!
Without going into details this guy has a pretty bad reputation with a lot of people. This was overdue.

Coudy Joe said...

Is he a registered Contractor. The Comissioners should publish a list of registered contractors as required bt the State.

Anonymous said...

I hope he gets it ! Another contractor from coudersport did this same type of thing to one of my elderly family members.By taking thousands of dollars up front and never showing up to do the work. She then spent thousands of dollars on a lawyer it took 2 years and the judge would only make the man give her 1/2 of her money back! Then we found out later he had done this many,many times to the elderly in the area! As far as i know he is still doing buseness in the area!

Anonymous said...

Why? There are plenty of other things the Comm needs to be doing.

Anonymous said...

First of all in the country we are innocent untill proven guilty. Secondly, this case already smells funny. I would seriously question how, and why this woman had 363k in cash at her disposal. So basically she is accusing him of taking money, and property. Well, I am sorry a person does not continue to give another $ if they are not getting any results. Furthermore, why would she not be at the attorney's office when these properties were purchased?! In regards to the property that was "taken" why were there not immediate charges filed on the date in happened. So, did she just realize property was missing over a course of 2 years?! Come on! And why if work was not satisfactory did she allow him to continue to work on her house? Sounds like this woman has an agenda, it took her two years? Like I said, innocent until proven guilty, I seriously have doubts.
man has been in business for how long

Anonymous said...

posts 1:33 and 1:40 you are idiots

Anonymous said...

How sad that you don't know there is still sweet trusting elderly people in this nasty world. If they don't have family to look after them when their spouse departs they can make aweful mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Poster 140, This is just like saying Casey Anthony was innocent. Who knows, the more this man sits in jail, the more he is going to talk! Let's see who else will be arrested! Get him Mr. Watson! I sure would not want to be in this guys shoe's right now with Andy on the case!

Anonymous said...

Just found out about this,he wanted me to invest with him to buy mobile homes and develop his property with them.He had done work for me in Galeton,Pa.Sure seemed OK at the time.Maybe I got lucky it didn't happen.I am shocked and upset.I trusted this guy.I will wait to see how this evolves though.I know what is like to be blamed for something before the facts are discovered.

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:40, Are you , by any chance, related to this scum bag?
Maybe a partner in crime? Get real. The poor soul was probably too old and clueless to know what this skank was doing.

Anonymous said...

If it walks like a duck,acts like a duck..quacks like a duck.. It's a duck! Believe me, you will be hearing this at the closing arguments! I would never want to be in front of Mr. Watson! Poster 314..I feel the same way!

Anonymous said...

Innocent until proven guilty. This lady knew what she was doing and why. She is interested in the money at the end and this just proves it. I have witnessed their relationship and know the facts. This all has to do with a very vindictive ex who preyed on this woman's mind and convinced her to do this. She will get her due and I hope her new man finds out before its too late. I'm sure all you naysayers are all innocent. Everyone sees a older person and assumes they are senile and easily taken in. Not so - this lady is very sharp.

Anonymous said...

Just leave the poor guy alone. He probably just had good intentions of working his way up to Wall Street, the banking industry or some high government job level status and it backfired.

Anonymous said...

We are talking about 400,000 dollars here! Not 40 dollars! If this was a vintictive ex speaking up, then good! Toothless wonder or relative?

Anonymous said...

You hit the nail right on the head poster 4:36 !

Anonymous said...

This guy did $6,000 of work for us-and in the end we have to hire a different contractor to bring his work up to code-good for her!!!!!! And it couldn't have happened to a more deserving person!

Anonymous said...

He sounds like another Sandusky! "Trusting" & "Preying"

Anonymous said...

good job TRp Drake!. I know this guy and he is not honest!!!!

Just Me said...

To: Friday, December 9, 2011 3:55:00 PM EST and Friday, December 9, 2011 1:40:00 PM EST


For your information Senior Citizens are a easy target for people like Mr. Mills. A lot of Senior Citizens get scammed everyday being sharp or dementia free has nothing to do with it. As a matter of fact age has nothing to do with it. It's just a little more sickening when it happens to the elderly. A lot of "sharp" Senior Citizens won't even report it to the authorities because they feel ashamed for getting taken by people like Mr. Mills. The man has a bad reputation and it's from people of all ages. He did what he did because he thought he was that slick. I hope he gets what he deserves. Great Job Glenn!!

Anonymous said...

What a lowlife . Good job by the PSP.

Anonymous said...

gee, i wonder where he came from?

Anonymous said...

Despicable. The only thing that confuses me is that his bail is significantly less than what he is alleged to have stolen. Does this have something to do with the level of the crime he is charged with? And can he still put up the property he has stolen as collateral for bail?

Anonymous said...

I think there might be one in Roulette, be aware people & keep a watch out for this bird! very high priced & knows nothing!

John McCleary said...

I had posted earlier about Jim Mills doing work for me in Galeton.Are there other folks out there who had work done and found out he had duped them.Is there a contractor that can verify what has been done and expose the facts if any.Anybody know of one? I live down State at this time and cannot get up there to check.

Anonymous said...

I know some of the people involved in this case. I think the DA & sheriff need to take a real hard look at the ex girlfriend. I am sure the truth will come out. Let the judical system do its job. It's easy to judge before all the facts are laid out.

Anonymous said...

Which ex-girlfriend. It's common knowledge he has a few.

The one in question, I'm sure would welcome the DA and sheriff to investigate. I'm sure she has nothing to hide, other than trusting and believing the lies this man told her about the situation.

I'm sure she was approached by the victim's attorney to come forward with any information after the victim sought counsel. I'm sure she thought the situation between the victim and Mr. Mills was different than what she now knows to be true after hearing and seeing all the details brought forth.

The fact remains that the DA would not have brought any of these charges up if his office did not feel they had the evidence to back it up!

We are talking about quite a bit of money here allegedly taken from an elderly woman who scrimped and saved for her retirement! Not to pay for someone elses retirement!

Lastly, if this were just one random act, why is it so many people are starting to come forward with the same kind of stories? Here on this forum even!

Yes, the truth will come out and the facts will be laid out for all to see. Most will be appalled as to "who" is involved and "who" was to reap and "who" was already reaping the benefits. We will see where the evidence leads the investigation. Not to the ex-girlfriend's door, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

I have just heard about this case. I am a member of a site called the Marcellus Shale forum for Tioga County, PA.

Maybe those of you who are in doubt as to Mr. Mills' "intentions" and the fact he is "innocent until proven guilty", should read some of his posts on the forum. He had planned on retiring by the age of 40, moving to an exotic island, becoming a "millionaire" from his oil and gas rights, and even went so far as to tell all who cared to read he was the owner of the what is printed here as the address of victims' property on Meeker Rd.

He and only he is the one who is "spelling" it out for the police! People wake up and smell the coffee! He did this to himself with his dishonesty and greed!

I say "cudos" to the vindictive ex-girlfriend for not being afraid to tell what she knows. Some women have be killed over a lot less money than this!

Anonymous said...

Reply to Dec 13 9:16 - the ex girlfriend who had access to all his passwords bank account mail and put false posts up about Mills and had access to the victims books

Anonymous said...

So what you are saying poster 1:40 is that this ex-girlfriend accessed his passwords, removed this money from his bank account and deposited to her own bank account, falsly posted information about Mills (where?) accessed the victims' books and put those "investment" properties in her name, collected monies for contracting work and stopped work,(last I heard, she's not a building contractor), took the 98 Dodge truck and put it in her name, the backhoe and put it in her name and the misc. items Mr. Mills is said to have taken and "stashed" them in her garage?

You must be related to this guy!?!? Do you not think the police have not looked into that already? These are smart investigators, not to be outsmarted by some ex-girlfriend who was probably told one story by Mr. Mills then later found the victim's story didn't mirror Mr. Mills' after all and started to put "two and two together".

I agree with the person who is a member of the Marcellus Shale forum. Read for yourself exactly what he has been saying on there; even had plans to "help" his parents retire and build them a home on some of the property. It's all on his profile in black and white for the public to read. Or maybe you think the ex-girlfriend "posted falsly". I don't think she is that smart or she would have figured Mr. Mills out sooner then later for what he is.

Anonymous said...

Poster 9:16,11:29 & 2:39 - you sound like you are the ex girlfriend.

Anonymous said...

This will be an interesting case. The one thing that amazes is that we all have an opinion based on an article. Where was everyone's voice when they were feeling duped? At one time or another we have all been dissatisfied with the outcome of business deal but if no one speaks up at the time how truthful can assumptions and accusations be now?? It is human nature for all of wanting to be a part of the story... But truh be told its only a partial story... None of us have facts or first hand knowledge. Playing devils advocate wht if he girlfriend is more involved than what we all know? For someone to have full access to the statements wouldn't she have known that a customer was being double charged before payment was being made? Wouldn't you compare past invoices... I mean that is General Accepted Accounting Principles 101. I am just saying think about it. The D.A. doesn't necessarily need proof just an supposed witness and a victim. A preliminary hearing dexudes whether or not there is evidence based on proof from both parties. We can all form our opinions based on 1/2 informational articles and the opinions of others but the truth remains none of were there and our opinions are bias or formed on a half knowledge of not knowing what the truth really is. Also I wasn't aware it was a crime to post dreams on a forum... I'll leav this up to the courts and evidence before passing judgement. I have a higher authority to answer to just like you all do... Including Mr. Mills and the other parties.

Anonymous said...

What is so comical to me, along with sad is that of none the people here, beginning with the moronic individual who started this article have all of the facts. What is going on here is heresy plain and simple. Gossip. People with either nothing better to do, or, an individual with a vendetta. I admit, I am one of those people with nothing better to do...certainly not someone with a reason to trash this man, his integrity, his morals, defame his character, and assassinate him with words. That sounds like a disgruntled ex who has mental issues. There is more to this story than meets the eye. Hello? Earth to sane, reasonable, and logical people!!!!! This took place over the course of some years, right? This woman, with all due respect, over the course of some years just got duped? Assuming she is in her right mind, why would anyone allow another individual the opportunity to take ALLLLL this stuff and not notify any authorities in let's say...year one? Incident one? Incident two? Come on. There's certainly more to this story than what is being told at this point.

Without know the specifics- the FACTS, and just looking from the outside in, I'd say there's a scorned mentally unstable female at the bottom of this who, in some form or fashion is trying to cover her own a_ _.