Edinburg couple face charges in Warren County stemming from pool project contract
By Sally Voth -- email@example.com
WOODSTOCK -- An Edinburg couple who own a pool business have been charged with construction fraud in Warren County General District Court.
Amanda Marie Myrtle and Walter Thomas Myrtle Jr., 37, of Edinburg, were charged with construction fraud Jan. 23, according to online court records. The charge is a class 6 felony.
They're scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, and are free on their own recognizance, according to court records.
The Myrtles own Serenity Pool and Spa, according to a criminal complaint filed by Gary B. Phillips with the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
The complaint says Laura Voegler signed a contract with Amanda and Thomas Myrtle last July for a 24-by-24-foot pool for $26,900. Another $4,000 was charged for a fence around the pool.
Voegler paid the whole contract price in August, but neither the pool nor the fence was finished by Serenity Pool and Spa, the complaint says. The Myrtles haven't been in touch with her since Oct. 31, it says.
A letter sent to the company Dec. 10 hadn't been claimed as of Jan. 3, according to the complaint.
Another contractor has completed the pool project, it says.
The complaint says the couple live in Edinburg.
Both Thomas Myrtle and his wife are former deputies with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office. Mrs. Myrtle, who spent part of her time there as an investigator, worked for the agency from 2003 to 2008, Maj. Scott Proctor said.
Her husband worked there from 1997 to 2006, according to Proctor.
A public phone listing for Serenity Pool and Spa wasn't in service Friday evening, and its website required a login name and password. A home listing for the Myrtles also wasn't in service.
Voegler couldn't be reached for comment.