A Boardman home improvement contractor accused of taking money for work never completed for homeowners throughout the Valley faces a sentencing hearing on Friday in Columbiana County.

John Bartos III, 41, pleaded guilty in October to multiple counts of theft in the Columbiana County Court of Common Pleas in exchange for a felony plea agreement of up to 120 days in jail and restitution for the victims.

 Bartos was charged in similar cases in Trumbull, Mahoning, and Lawrence Counties as well.

Appearing before a Trumbull County Judge late last year, Bartos was placed on probation for five years after pleading guilty to ten felony counts of theft.

Investigators say Bartos contracted with ten different victims for home construction projects in several Trumbull County communities. None of the work was ever completed and the amount of money taken totaled $27,460.

Bartos is charged with 27 counts of theft in Mahoning County. However, a motion to dismiss the case is pending before Judge Maureen Sweeney. A hearing on that motion is set for March 20.

A case charging Bartos with theft by deception in Lawrence County ended last month when a judge agreed not to prosecute him.

Legal troubles for Bartos started when a local man hired Bartos' construction company to replace seven windows in his condo. After putting $2,000 down, the man never heard back from him, leading the man to file a complaint.

More than a dozen people from several local communities filed similar complaints against Bartos after putting down payments on jobs that never got done.