Middletown man faces 2 home improvement fraud charges

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Joseph Jenkins, 56,, of Middletown was arrested last week following an investigation into a home improvement fraud.

On Oct. 17, 2022, an officer from the New Castle County Division of Police was dispatched to a residence in the Village of Bayberry North community in the Middletown area. A 41-year-old man reported that he paid Jenkins to complete renovations to his residence. He reported that Jenkins provided a quote of $18,625.00 with an initial deposit of $8,000. The victim paid the $8,000. However, no work was done, despite numerous inquiries, police stated.

After further investigation, Jenkins, was arrested and charged. with one felony count of home improvement fraud. Jenkins was also charged on a separate felony home improvement fraud warrant stemming from a 2019 investigation. Jenkins was arraigned, with bail set at $12,000. Jenkins was later taken to the Howard R Young Correctional Institution, Wilmington.

Police are not ruling out additional victims. Any individual wishing to provide information related to Joseph Jenkins or who may be a victim of a similar fraud is asked to contact M/Cpl. Paramjit K Dhanju at paramjit.dhanju@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at (302)573-2800. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or send a message on Facebook Instant Messenger at New Castle County Division of Police.