Seaford man charged with home improvement fraud

SEAFORD — Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man on multiple counts of home improvement fraud and related charges Saturday.

Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the investigation began in September when troopers took a report of a home improvement fraud. While at the Lowe’s store in Seaford, the alleged victim, a 72-year-old female, met a man who indicated to her that he was a contractor. She allegedly made an agreement with the individual, identified as 53-year-old William R. Parlier, to conduct home improvements.

William Parlier

Cpl. Jaffe said that over the course of approximately two months, the alleged victim had provided Mr. Parlier with several checks amounting to over $6,000 to which she thought was going towards future labor and materials. Mr. Parlier allegedly never completed any of the home improvements that were agreed upon.

On Thursday, troopers took a second report of a home improvement fraud regarding the same suspect. In this case, a 57-year-old male had also allegedly provided Mr. Parlier with multiple checks over the course of several months amounting to over $6,000 for home improvements that were never completed.

On Saturday, troopers located Parlier in the Cool Branch development doing construction on a residence. Mr. Parlier was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:

Crime against a vulnerable adult;

Two counts of home improvement fraud by false pretense;

Two counts of theft by false pretense $1,500;

Two counts of engaging in contract business without obtaining/ maintaining license and;

Two counts of carrying on occupations without license.

Mr. Parlier was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $12,200 cash only bond.

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