Eleven additional victims of pool contractor Roger Kornfeind, owner of Hydro Dynamic Pools in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, have come forward accusing the contractor of taking money to build pools and failing to deliver.
Combined with the 76 victims who came forward in March, the 58-yearold contractor now stands accused by 87 people, bringing Kornfeind’s alleged theft total to $1.5 million.
In January, Kornfeind’s attorney Phil Lauer said that supply chain issues were to blame for some of the unfinished work.
“There are legitimate explanations for a lot of what’s being charged,” Lauer said.
But District Attorney Terence Houck stands by the charges.
“These were cases that we just thought were straight-up, 100% criminal in nature,” Houck said in March.
Theft allegations date back to 2018. Kornfeind operated out of Pen Argyl, Northampton County; Slatington, Lehigh County; and Oley, Berks County, Houck said in a news release. Court records detail alleged victims in Bucks, Monroe and Schuylkill counties, as well.
Northampton County is prosecuting all cases against Kornfeind regardless of whether the alleged theft took place there.
According to the district attorney’s spokeswoman, Davin Jurgensen, no plea offer has been made, and Kornfeind has not indicated whether he would pay any of the money back.
Kornfeind was arraigned on April 20 on multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property, and home improvement fraud. He was charged with a mix of 78 of those charges in January, and the district attorney added 150 new charges in March.
Bail was set at $25,000, which is in addition to the $250,000 bail set for the earlier 76 victims.
Kornfeind remains incarcerated in Northampton County Prison, where he has been since January.