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December 22, 2015

Owner of South Jersey home improvement company allegedly stole more than $200k

Faces 64 counts


Firas Emachah faces a 64-count indictment stemming from charges related to his South Jersey home improvement company, Dream Home.

Firas Emachah, the owner and CEO of a defunct South Jersey home improvement company, allegedly stole more than $200,000 from dozens of victims across three states, going as far back as 2013, according to information released by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday.

A Camden County grand jury late last week indicted the 42-year old Shamong resident on 64 counts for his actions while the CEO of Dream House Windows.

The indictment includes 46 counts of theft by deception, 17 counts of bad checks and one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property received.

Emachah was first charged in Camden County in July of 2014, but with just four counts for passing bad checks and three counts of theft by deception. Authorities said at the time that additional allegations were being investigated.

Emachah also faces charges in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Victims of the charges in the indictment are located throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

When frustrated Dream House customers tried to obtain a refund for work that was not done, Emachah allegedly wrote bad checks to avoid making payments, investigators said.

Additionally, Emachah allegedly wrote bad checks to subcontractors, supply companies and government agencies, investigators said.

He also did work under the business names Zaza Corp. or Dream House Exteriors, according to the prosecutor.

Dream House declared bankruptcy despite the fact that Security and Exchange documents show Emachah made millions when he sold a company known as Nixle, which issues community alerts.

Complaints online about Dream House go back at least to 2008. One online site is nothing but a running account of allegations about Dream House, associated companies, and Emachah.

No other Dream House Windows employees were charged.

One of those former employees is David Creato, the grandfather of Brendan Creato, a 3-year-old whose death on Oct. 13 remains an unresolved mystery. David Creato, who operates his own company, Creato Home Improvements in Haddon Heights, was a worker for Emachah.

Emachah, who has served as a spokesperson on behalf of the Creato family following Brendan's death, has denied that he is involved in Creato's company during a previous interview with PhillyVoice.

Brendan Creato's death continues to be investigated. Authorities have not released a cause, nor has anyone been charged in connection with that case.

Lawyers for the Creato family declined comment.

Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the prosecutor, also did not respond at a request for comment.

A pre-arraignment conference for Emachah is scheduled in Camden County Superior Court for Jan. 15.

Anyone who believes they are also a victim of Emachah may contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Grace Clodfelter at (856) 225-8479.