Millsboro man charged with home improvement fraud

June 2, 2014

A 42-year-old Millsboro faces charges after officials say he charged more than $10,000 for work on a Rehoboth Beach condo that he never finished.

Eric Lepkowski, a contractor with First State Home Services, was hired by a Rehoboth Beach homeowner in 2013, said Jason Miller, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office.

The homeowner put $600 in a Lowe's account for Lepkowski to use in addition to paying him $1,600 upfront and giving Lepkowski permission to charge $5,000 on the homeowner's credit card, Miller said.

Lepkowski continued to demand payment for labor and materials; the homeowner paid more than $10,000 to him, Miller said.

When the homeowner checked at charges made at Lowe's and Home Depot, Miller said, the homeowner discovered charges for materials and tools not needed for the condo improvements.

The homeowner also noted several unauthorized charges from a credit card to Lepkowski's Square One credit card before Lepkowski stopped working on the condo project, Miller said.

Miller said hardware and materials purchased specifically for the condo improvements were not installed and work was not completed to code.

Lepkowski was charged with home improvement fraud, theft of a senior, three counts of unlawful use of a credit card and three counts of identity theft. He was released on $10,000 secured bond.


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