Missing Man’s Estate Sued Over Payment

February 14, 2019 GMT

A Scranton company that says it is owed more than $94,000 by missing Old Forge businessman Robert Baron filed a lawsuit in Lackawanna County Court to recover the money. Fullers Construction LLC, 2710 Lafayette St., contends it had an agreement to provide construction, labor and materials for a property Baron owned in Jenkins Twp. but the company received only partial payment before he disappeared. Baron, owner of Ghigiarelli’s in Old Forge, vanished on Jan. 25, 2017, after being seen at the South Main Street restaurant around 11 p.m. He was reported missing the next day, and investigators found blood and other evidence of a violent assault inside the restaurant. Blood was also discovered in Baron’s car, which was found parked on Howard Street a few days later. In the civil complaint filed Jan. 30 against Baron through his court-appointed receiver, Mark Baron, Old Forge, Fullers Construction said it entered an oral agreement with Robert Baron in August 2016, to do work on the property at 313 Susquehannock Drive. Robert Baron paid the company $60,000 for materials, supplies and labor, with an agreement to pay in full for the construction work before or when the property was sold, the suit said. However, Robert Baron disappeared before that happened, leaving an unpaid balance of $94,234, according to the complaint. The suit said Fullers Construction made repeated requests for payment to Mark Baron, who was named receiver for his brother in February 2017, but no payment has been made. The company, which alleges breach of contract, is seeking payment in full, along with interest and costs. Efforts to reach Mark Baron were unsuccessful. Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell said Wednesday that Robert Baron’s disappearance remains under investigation. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com 570-348-9132