Man charged with Ocean View fraud
Delaware State Police charged a 55-year-old Snow Hill man March 15 in connection with home improvement fraud.
Michael M. Eline was stopped by a Bridgeville police officer for speeding and was turned over to troopers due to a warrant issued for his arrest, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
In April of 2013, Eline, of Chelsea Builders, was hired by a 44-year-old Ocean View man to complete some work in his home on Captains Court, Fournier said. A written proposal was submitted to the victim, who in turn, provided Eline with a deposit totaling more than $3,500. By December of 2013, Fournier said, none of the work had been started and Eline failed to return the victim’s money even after numerous requests.
Eline was charged with home improvement fraud and was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.
Chelsea Builders is no longer in business, Fournier said.
If anyone has fallen victim to similar crimes involving Eline, they are asked to contact Det. T. Shockley at 856-5850 ext. 257 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. 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.