Home improvement fraud charges announced for tree business

WILMINGTON — A 48-year-old Magnolia man was indicted for alleged home improvement fraud, the Delaware Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Andrew W. Masserelli was charged Aug. 5 after investigation by the Consumer Protection Unit, authorities said. A theft greater than $1,500 count was also filed, spokesman Carl Kanefsky said.

According to authorities, between 2016 and 2018, Mr. Masserelli and his business, Drew’s Tree Service, allegedly defrauded multiple homeowners, including two senior citizens, by failing to substantially complete tree removal work on their properties after accepting money.

Also indicted in separate cases were Isaac K. Lovell, 44, of Bear and David H. Lovell, 48, or Wilmington.

The DOJ said anyone else believing they may have been defrauded by the defendants to call 577-8600. Other reports of home improvement fraud, in general, should be made to local law enforcement.

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