Arrest made in Millsboro-area home-improvement fraud case

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a 32-year-old Magnolia man as the result of investigations into multiple home-improvement fraud cases in the Millsboro area.

Police said the preliminary investigation revealed the incidents started to occur back in April of 2015, when Brett D. Johnson, 32 of Magnolia, working under the name Johnson’s Custom Carpentry, was allegedly hired by several victims to complete work at their homes in the Millsboro area. A verbal proposal was submitted to the victims, who in turn provided Johnson with a deposit totaling more than $ 9,600. None of the work has been started, and Johnson allegedly failed to return the victim’s money even after numerous requests, police said.

Between April 2015 and June 2015, Johnson was allegedly hired by five local residents. During that time, he made contact with his victims, arranging to perform other side jobs for the victims. Johnson would allegedly take the victim’s money for a down payment but would never return with the materials or complete the jobs, police reported.

Johnson was arrested and processed at Troop 4 in Georgetown. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 on five counts of Home Improvement Fraud-Receive Money for Services not Completed and five counts of Theft by False Pretenses, and was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

If any homeowner has had any contact with this company or involving Brett D. Johnson and the work was not performed or completed, they are being asked to contact Det. T. Shockley at (302) 752-3812. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”