Contractor billed with dwelling enhancement fraud took far more than $200,000 from Bucks County home owners4 min read
A Huntingdon Valley contractor was charged Wednesday, June 1, 2022, with ripping off at least 4 Bucks County householders of a lot more than $210,000 for operate he by no means accomplished, and in some situations in no way began.
Joseph Eibell, 47, faces four counts each individual of getting advance payment for expert services and failing to execute, misleading enterprise techniques, theft by deception and acquiring stolen assets. All of the charges are felonies.
Eibell was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Stacy Wertman and was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility under $2.5 million bail.
The investigation by the Higher Southampton Township Police Office observed that from 2019 to existing, Eibell recognized state-of-the-art payments for perform through his Upper Southampton Township-dependent property improvement company, 3 Brothers Renovation, and then failed to carry out the represented quantity of work.
In 1 scenario, a Bristol Township person met with Eibell in April 2019 and employed 3 Brothers Renovation to full quite a few employment at his dwelling. The complete price tag of the venture, which included a new roof and an addition, as properly as inside remodeling, totaled $120,000.
The man paid Eibell $82,000 by a sequence of deposits and progress payments created amongst April 2019 and September 2019. In addition, the man paid $20,000 right to a retail store for kitchen area cabinets and components. Even so, following generating the payment, Eibell redirected the resources and used them to order supplies for other houses.
Some work was carried out on the victim’s house, but nothing was concluded, and the challenge was abandoned leaving the dwelling in an unlivable issue. The injury carried out to the household left it susceptible to storm destruction, and when the victim tried to get insurance payment as a result of 3 Brothers Renovations’ coverage company, the target figured out that the policy mentioned with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Business office was not legitimate.
A next victim, who life in Bristol Borough, reported she met with Eibell in June 2021 and hired his firm to remediate h2o harm brought about by a plumbing challenge. The job would charge $50,000, and she was expected to make a deposit of $15,000, break up into two checks.
She created the deposit, but immediately after close to one particular month with no progress on the challenge, Eibell requested an added $15,000, also split into two checks, for components. The home owner paid out that cash in July 2021, but the do the job stopped on the tasks and the products she paid for under no circumstances arrived.
She reported she designed a lot of unsuccessful makes an attempt to get Eibell to repay the deposits and provide the purchased materials.
A Falls Township person claimed he employed 3 Brothers Renovations in July 2021 to total a number of renovations on his house for a overall of $90,000, to be paid out in 10 installments. The male produced 6 payments of $9,000 just about every, totaling $54,000.
Right after lots of excuses and delays, the challenge remained incomplete and in the long run the sufferer bought the home to a true estate trader who organized to complete the function. The target produced various tries to recoup the progress payments from Eibell but was unsuccessful.
An Upper Southampton Township girl reported she hired Eibell and 3 Brothers Renovations in October 2021 to total three renovations to the exterior of her home, such as stone pavers, decking and stairs. Eibell requested independent deposits for each and every of the a few phases of the undertaking and an extra rate for drawings and permits.
In two months, the girl paid Eibell $24,400 as a result of 4 checks. Eibell cashed the checks, but no work has ever been carried out. The sufferer built various unsuccessful attempts to recuperate her deposits.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Workplace strongly believes there are a lot more victims and talk to any individual with facts about Eibell and 3 Brothers Renovations to get hold of Upper Southampton Township Police Detective James W. Shirmer at [email protected] or the District Attorney’s Business at www.bucksda.org.
The investigation found that Eibell also performed work as 3 Brothers Waterproofing and 3 Brothers Exteriors and may perhaps be related with other corporations. The investigation also discovered that he recently acquired contracts for perform in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Upper Southampton Township Law enforcement Detective James W. Shirmer is the guide investigator in this situation, which was referred to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Place of work by the Bucks County Place of work of Client Protection. Deputy District Lawyer Alan J. Garabedian is assigned for prosecution.
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