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Tompkins County man arrested for HVAC installation scam

By Journal Staff (


ITHACA, N.Y. — New York State Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested a Tompkins County man for allegedly defrauding people into paying for HVAC installations he never performed.

Orion C. Parker Megivern, age 44, of Tompkins County, was taken into custody on Feb. 8 and charged with the felonies of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud. The arrest followed a joint investigation that the two police agencies began in August 2022.

Investigators say they found that Parker Megivern allegedly entered into agreements with customers for HVAC-type installations and after receiving down payments, either never started the work or completed only a minimal amount of work without finishing. The investigation covered incidents dating back to September 2019 and included 13 separate complaints, per the State Police.

Megivern was arraigned in Tompkins County Centralized Arraignment Part Court and released pending further proceedings.

Anyone who has experienced a similar incident with Megivern is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (607) 347-4463 or the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (607) 257-1345 and follow the prompts for the criminal investigations’ extension.

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