Delaware to charge MD man with home improvement fraud case involving Ocean View family


Charges are planned in Delaware for Michael Tyler Joseph, 32, of Fruitland, MD, for felony Home Improvement Fraud when he is extradited to Delaware from Maryland. Joseph is currently jailed in Maryland, and he is wanted in Delaware for defrauding a family out of over $23,000 throughout the past year.


On January 6, an Ocean View family reported home improvement fraud. Detectives learned that Michael Tyler Joseph, owner of Elite Hardscapes LLC, had previously agreed to build an addition to their home. The family paid Joseph over $23,000 for the project, but the work was not completed, with no reimbursement.

There is currently an active felony warrant for Home Improvement Fraud for Joseph, who may have used other company names in addition to Elite Hardscapes LLC. The warrant will be executed when he is extradited to Delaware.

The Delaware State Police Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit continues to investigate similar cases involving Tyler Joseph. Detectives are asking anyone who may have been defrauded in a similar manner to please contact the Financial Crimes Unit by calling 302-856-5850. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.