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Contractor billed with dwelling improvement fraud took far more than $200,000 from Bucks County property owners

A Huntingdon Valley contractor was billed Wednesday, June 1, 2022, with ripping off at minimum four Bucks County property owners of far more than $210,000 for work he hardly ever completed, and in some conditions never ever started.

Joseph Eibell, 47, faces four counts each individual of acquiring advance payment for services and failing to perform, deceptive business methods, theft by deception and acquiring stolen house. All of the rates are felonies.

Eibell was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Stacy Wertman and was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility below $2.5 million bail.

The investigation by the Higher Southampton Township Police Department observed that from 2019 to current, Eibell acknowledged innovative payments for function by his Upper Southampton Township-centered home advancement small business, 3 Brothers Renovation, and then failed to perform the represented amount of get the job done.

In 1 circumstance, a Bristol Township gentleman achieved with Eibell in April 2019 and hired 3 Brothers Renovation to complete quite a few employment at his household. The complete cost of the venture, which integrated a new roof and an addition, as very well as inside transforming, totaled $120,000.

The man paid out Eibell $82,000 as a result of a collection of deposits and advance payments built concerning April 2019 and September 2019. Additionally, the person compensated $20,000 right to a retailer for kitchen area cabinets and components. Even so, immediately after generating the payment, Eibell redirected the cash and used them to purchase elements for other homes.

Some get the job done was executed on the victim’s property, but absolutely nothing was accomplished, and the venture was abandoned leaving the property in an unlivable issue. The problems performed to the dwelling still left it vulnerable to storm injury, and when the target tried to get insurance coverage payment by means of 3 Brothers Renovations’ insurance policy corporation, the sufferer figured out that the policy outlined with the Pennsylvania Lawyer General’s Office environment was not valid.

A second target, who lives in Bristol Borough, explained she satisfied with Eibell in June 2021 and hired his organization to remediate drinking water hurt triggered by a plumbing concern. The job would charge $50,000, and she was necessary to make a deposit of $15,000, break up into two checks.

She made the deposit, but following about one particular month with no development on the project, Eibell requested an more $15,000, also break up into two checks, for products. The property owner paid that funds in July 2021, but the function stopped on the projects and the products she paid out for under no circumstances arrived.

She mentioned she built various unsuccessful attempts to get Eibell to repay the deposits and provide the procured elements.

A Falls Township guy explained he employed 3 Brothers Renovations in July 2021 to full several renovations on his home for a overall of $90,000, to be compensated in 10 installments. The gentleman made 6 payments of $9,000 each, totaling $54,000.

Following numerous excuses and delays, the undertaking remained incomplete and in the end the target offered the home to a genuine estate trader who organized to entire the get the job done. The sufferer manufactured many tries to recoup the advance payments from Eibell but was unsuccessful.

An Higher Southampton Township lady stated she employed Eibell and 3 Brothers Renovations in Oct 2021 to complete three renovations to the exterior of her home, like stone pavers, decking and stairs. Eibell asked for different deposits for every of the three phases of the venture and an further payment for drawings and permits.

In two months, the female compensated Eibell $24,400 by way of four checks. Eibell cashed the checks, but no operate has at any time been performed. The target manufactured numerous unsuccessful makes an attempt to recover her deposits.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Business office strongly thinks there are much more victims and ask everyone with facts about Eibell and 3 Brothers Renovations to make contact with Upper Southampton Township Police Detective James W. Shirmer at [email protected] or the District Attorney’s Office at www.bucksda.org.

The investigation located that Eibell also done get the job done as 3 Brothers Waterproofing and 3 Brothers Exteriors and may perhaps be affiliated with other corporations. The investigation also revealed that he recently obtained contracts for get the job done in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Higher Southampton Township Police Detective James W. Shirmer is the direct investigator in this scenario, which was referred to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Business by the Bucks County Office of Buyer Protection. Deputy District Lawyer Alan J. Garabedian is assigned for prosecution.

Media Make contact with: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298, [email protected]

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