State Police arrest Seaford man on multiple counts of home improvement fraud


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.

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