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Bethlehem man accused of home improvement fraud


Bethlehem man accused of home improvement fraud

Bethlehem man accused of home improvement fraud
News from The Express-Times – lehighvalleylive.com:

A Bethlehem man already on probation for theft took more than $ 13,000 from a Walnutport couple but left their home remodeling project far from finished, authorities say.

Emanuel Fazenda, 32, was arraigned Friday before District Judge Robert Hawke on a single count of home improvement fraud and sent to the Northampton County Prison in lieu of $ 25,000 bail.

Authorities say Fazenda, the owner of E.M.F. Customs Home Improvements, met with the victims in July to provide an estimate for remodeling work on their kitchen. Over the course of the next month, Fazenda was given several checks worth a combined $ 13,289, court records say.

While he performed some of the agreed upon work, Fazenda told Raymond and Shauna Napier in August his company had fallen on hard times and he wasn’t able to complete the job, court papers say.

The Napier’s was forced to hire a new contractor and spent additional money to fix the work started by Fazenda, authorities said.

When contacted by Lehigh Township police, Fazenda reiterated in email and voice messages that his company had fa…………… continues on The Express-Times – lehighvalleylive.com

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Pennsville man charged with home improvement fraud of woman, 88, Delaware …
News from Today’s Sunbeam – NJ.com:

Steve Mitchell, of Pennsville.

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Pennsville man is facing home improvement fraud charges out of Delaware after he allegedly demanded more money from an 88-year-old victim whose driveway he was working on, police say.

Steve Mitchell, 47, was located Wednesday by New Castle County Police Department detectives and charged with felony home improvement fraud of a victim over the age of 62.

According to authorities, the Penndrew Manor victim hired Mitchell to seal her driveway at a cost of $ 150. After the project was partially completed, the Pennsville man allegedly told the victim the price tag for the work would be $ 350.

“In fear of not having the work completed, the victim paid Mitchell the $ 350 he demanded,” police said.

Mitchell was arraigned and released by police after posting $ 500 bail.

Authorities are asking anyone who had work done by the Salem County man, or believe they were a victim of a home improvement scam, to contact New Castle County police Detective Eugene Reid at (302) 395-8110 or by email at

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