Top trending: Contractor sentenced for felony home improvement fraud


A contractor who took a down payment from a client and never returned to do the work was sentenced in Superior Court.

Restitution to other customers was also part of a plea deal.

Deputy Attorney General Michael Undorf of the DOJ Consumer Protection Unit secured the sentence for John Carpenter III, 48, of Wilmington, according to a release.

In September 2016, Carpenter took a $1,800 deposit from a woman in the Sparrow Run neighborhood south of Newark for home improvements, including roof and gutter reinstallations.

Carpenter cashed the check the same day but never made the repairs.

In May 2018, Carpenter pleaded guilty to felony Home Improvement Fraud.

A Superior Court judge sentenced Carpenter to one year of probation and ordered any advances or deposits received, directly or indirectly, for any future home improvement contracts shall be used solely to purchase materials for the job.

Carpenter paid full restitution to multiple victims as part of the plea deal.

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