Construction Expert Testifies In Fraud Case

A Cambria County, PA,  Sheetrock or Drywall jury found part-time handyman/caregiver Frank A. Solensky, 55, guilty on all counts for misappropriating $668,518 from 2000 to early 2008 from an elderly woman who thought of him like a son.  The victim, now 94, had testified that she had trusted Solensky and made out the checks to him without realizing that she was being ripped off. Prosecutors had maintained that Solensky had greatly inflated the costs of supplies and material that he said had been used for repairs and improvements to the woman’s home and property. A construction expert had testified earlier he had found no evidence of any waterproofing work that had been done either inside or outside the house.

The $668,518 does not include other checks written out by the woman to Solensky for wages totaling $96,000 during that same period nor for additional money she had given him as gifts. It also does not include $15,000 she had loaned to him and which he had repaid in services, prosecutors said.

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