Man gets 1-2 years for appliance repair scams

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A man accused of running an appliance repair scam in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties will spend 1-2 years in prison for conning people in Dauphin County.

Terry L. Harner, 46, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to 10 charges of charges of theft by deception and deceptive business practices, according to the Dauphin County district attorney’s office. He will serve three years of state probation supervision after his release.

Prosecutors said Harner would take money from people who called him for appliance repairs, claiming he needed to order a part, then disappear without doing the job. He allegedly stole from 10 people in the Harrisburg, Hummelstown, Hershey and Halifax areas, including a Lower Paxton police officer.

Harner, of Mohnton, has also pleaded guilty to counts of theft by deception in Cumberland and York counties. Police say he pulled the same scam on residents of Dillsburg, Fairview Township, and Lower and Upper Allen townships.

He was sentenced last month to 6-23 months in prison and four years of probation for crimes in York County. His sentencing hearing in Cumberland County is scheduled next week, according to court documents.

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