Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man on multiple counts of home improvement fraud.
The investigation began in September,when troopers took a report of a home improvement fraud.
While visting a Lowes store in Seaford, the victim, a 72-year-old femalemet a man whoindicated he wasa contractor. The victim made an agreement with the individual, identified as 53-year-old William R. Parlier to make home improvements.
Over the course of approximately 2 months, the victim had provided Parlier with several checks amounting to more than $6,000. Parlier never completed any of the home improvements.
On February 14, troopers took the second report of a home improvement fraud regarding the same suspect. In this case, the 57-year-old man also provided Parlier withmultiple checks over the course of several months for more than $6,000 involving home improvements that were never completed.
On February 16, State Police found Parlier in a developmentdoing construction work at a home. He was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:
- Crime Against a Vulnerable Adult
- Home Improvement Fraud by False Pretense (two counts)
- Theft by false pretense$1500 (two counts)
- Engage in Contract Business without Obtain/ Maintain License (two counts)
- Carry on Occupations Without License (two counts)
Parlier was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was taken the Sussex Correctional Institutionin lieu of $12,200 cash bond.