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Hearing Aid Professional Arrested

‚ÄčHEARING AID PROFESSIONAL ARRESTED FOR THEFT & FRAUDULENT BUSINESS PRACTICES

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Edward Grabarek, Jr., age 40

  

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.

During the investigation, detectives learned from November 2016 through August 2017, Grabarek defrauded three (3) Berks County victims, who were all over the age of 60. Grabarek intentionally obtained or withheld property, namely hearing aids. He created a false impression that the hearing aids they purchased were brand new, when in fact they were used/reconditioned and were not functioning properly. One of the three victims never received the hearing aids that they paid for. Subsequently, the total for each victim's loss was in excess of $5,000.

On November 20, 2017, as a result of the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant of arrest for Grabarek from Magisterial District Judge Sandra Fegley on the charges of Theft by Deception (3 counts) and Deceptive or Fraudulent Business Practices (3 counts).

On November 21, 2017, the defendant surrendered to the Berks County District Attorney's Detectives, where he was accompanied by his attorney. He was arraigned on these charges and committed to Berks County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was released from Berks County Jail after posting bail.

Detectives are continuing the investigation into other possible victims. If anyone has any information, please contact the Berks County District Attorney's Detectives at 610-478-7171.