March 1, 2018

More victims surface, claiming they were scammed by Monroe County man


STROUDSBURG – The owner of an internet-based food cart manufacturing company waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, on charges filed against him from November 1st, 2017 alleging the theft of over $28,000 from six victims.  

Robert Scifo, 34, of Polk Township, operated an internet-based food cart manufacturing company called Crown Food Carts. On June 15th, 2017 Monroe County opened an investigation into Scifo’s business practices after receiving several consumer complaints. Criminal charges were filed against Scifo on behalf of six customers in several states, from Pennsylvania to New York and California.  Scifo allegedly collected money for the manufacture of food carts and/or related parts and then either failed to deliver anything or provided items representing a fraction of the value ordered.

After information regarding the November 1st, 2017 charges went public, 13 additional victims filed complaints against Scifo.

Total losses to date are over $60,000.

During the February 27th preliminary hearing Mr. Scifo was arrested for those new set of offenses. Charges included felony and misdemeanor offenses of theft, theft by deception and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. Mr. Scifo was arraigned on Wednesday, February 28th, and released on unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday, April 13th, 2018.

Consumer who may have been a victim of Robert Scifo, Crown Food Carts and/or Pushcart USA are encouraged to contact Chief Detective Eric Kerchner at 570-517-3109.


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