- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Authorities are looking for the owners of a Montgomery County company suspected of stealing more than $124,000 by submitting fraudulent loan information.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said 33-year-old Eric Martin and 29-year-old Portia Martin — who own Centra Spark, a Fort Washington-based heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company — are accused of applying for fraudulent loans in the names of at least eight people.

The phony loans were to finance alleged HVAC services, prosecutors said.

The pair applied for the funds through Synchrony Financial, a company that provides loans for financing home-improvement projects.

The victims, who officials said are mostly senior citizens, never used Centra Spike or applied for loans through Synchrony Financial.

The financial company paid the loans to Centra Spike’s business account, and the funds were later diverted to the Martins’ personal accounts, prosecutors said.

In total, the two are accused of stealing $124,981.

Authorities described the pair as business partners but didn’t say whether they were related.

They may be at addresses that include 944 E. Johnson St. in Philadelphia, 1916 W. 68th Ave. in Philadelphia, 7165 Georgian Road in Philadelphia, or 2609 Rooks Head Place in Waldorf, Md.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim or has information about the whereabouts of the Martins can call Upper Dublin police at 215-646-2101.

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