HEARING AID PROFESSIONAL FACES EVEN MORE CHARGES
Edward Grabarek, Jr.
In August 2017, Berks County District Attorney Detectives initiated an investigation into allegations of fraudulent business practices occurring at the business of Hearing Aid Associates, 6 Hearthstone Court, Suite 204, Reading. Detectives learned that the owner/operator of this business was the defendant, Edward Grabarek, Jr.
Grabarek was initially charged and arrested on November 21, 2017, and again on January 19, 2018. He has been incarcerated in Berks County Jail since February 16, 2018. At that time, he was charged with defrauding a total of 12 Berks County victims, who were all over the age of 60.
Detectives continued the investigation. As a result, Detectives learned that Grabarek defrauded five (5) additional Berks County victims who were all over the age of 60. In some instances, Grabarek created a false impression that the hearing aids they purchased were brand new, when in fact some were used/reconditioned or demo hearing aids and were not functioning properly. One victim never received any hearing aids. In addition, the defendant produced hearing aids that did not perform as advertised and failed to provide a refund. The losses ranged from $1,400.00 to $6,350.00 for each victim.
On March 27, 2018, the Berks County Detectives Office filed an additional five (5) counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking and five (5) counts of Deceptive or Fraudulent Business Practices, against the defendant, Edward Grabarek, Jr.
To date, the Berks County Detectives Office has identified a total of seventeen (17) victims, all residents of Berks County and the estimated financial loss is expected to exceed $75,000.00.
Detectives are continuing the investigation into other possible victims. If anyone has any information, please contact the Berks County District Attorney Detectives at 610-478-7171.