May 17, 2024

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Del. man arrested following home improvement fraud investigation

Del. man arrested following home improvement fraud investigation

Del. man arrested following home improvement fraud investigation

MILTON, Del. – A Milford man has been charged following a home construction fraud investigation.

In late July, a Virginia couple contacted Delaware State Police to report a home improvement fraud. It was learned that the owner of Sussex Building LLC, 36-year-old Steven Rowan, had signed a contract with the victims in January 2022 to build a new home in the Milton area. The 71-year-old and 79-year-old victims reportedly paid Rowan a large sum of money in advance for the new home construction, however, the construction has not been started, the contract was not fulfilled, and the victims’ money was never reimbursed.

Detectives subsequently obtained warrants for Rowan’s arrest, who turned himself in on Thursday. He was charged with theft over $100,000 and victim is 62 years of age or older, new home construction fraud by false pretense over $100,000, and engaging in a contract business without obtaining/maintaining a license, and was released on a $120,100 unsecured bond.

Police are asking anyone who may have been defrauded in a similar manner to contact the Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850.