Contractor charged with home improvement fraud; took more than $200,000 from Bucks County homeowners

A Huntingdon Valley contractor was billed Wednesday, June 1, 2022, with ripping off at minimum 4 Bucks County householders of more than $210,000 for work he never ever concluded, and in some instances never ever started.

Joseph Eibell, 47, faces four counts each individual of receiving advance payment for companies and failing to accomplish, deceptive business enterprise techniques, theft by deception and obtaining stolen property. All of the fees are felonies.

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

The investigation by the Upper Southampton Township Police Office identified that from 2019 to present, Eibell approved state-of-the-art payments for function through his Higher Southampton Township-centered household advancement organization, 3 Brothers Renovation, and then failed to complete the represented amount of function.

In one particular situation, a Bristol Township person fulfilled with Eibell in April 2019 and hired 3 Brothers Renovation to finish many work at his house. The overall value of the task, which included a new roof and an addition, as perfectly as inside remodeling, totaled $120,000.

The person paid out Eibell $82,000 by a series of deposits and advance payments designed involving April 2019 and September 2019. Also, the male compensated $20,000 directly to a retail store for kitchen area cabinets and supplies. Nonetheless, after making the payment, Eibell redirected the funds and used them to purchase supplies for other homes.

Some work was performed on the victim’s home, but almost nothing was finished, and the venture was deserted leaving the home in an unlivable condition. The injury performed to the home left it vulnerable to storm injury, and when the target tried to get coverage compensation as a result of 3 Brothers Renovations’ insurance plan business, the target realized that the policy shown with the Pennsylvania Legal professional General’s Place of work was not valid.

A 2nd sufferer, who life in Bristol Borough, reported she met with Eibell in June 2021 and employed his enterprise to remediate drinking water hurt brought about by a plumbing situation. The challenge would expense $50,000, and she was essential to make a deposit of $15,000, split into two checks.

She designed the deposit, but following about just one thirty day period with no development on the challenge, Eibell requested an additional $15,000, also break up into two checks, for materials. The house owner paid out that funds in July 2021, but the operate stopped on the tasks and the elements she paid out for never arrived.

She explained she manufactured numerous unsuccessful tries to get Eibell to repay the deposits and provide the acquired products.

A Falls Township man mentioned he employed 3 Brothers Renovations in July 2021 to finish numerous renovations on his residence for a overall of $90,000, to be compensated in 10 installments. The gentleman manufactured six payments of $9,000 each and every, totaling $54,000.

Soon after lots of excuses and delays, the job remained incomplete and finally the target offered the assets to a genuine estate trader who organized to full the perform. The target built many attempts to recoup the advance payments from Eibell but was unsuccessful.

An Higher Southampton Township girl reported she employed Eibell and 3 Brothers Renovations in Oct 2021 to complete a few renovations to the exterior of her property, such as stone pavers, decking and stairs. Eibell requested independent deposits for every single of the three phases of the venture and an supplemental rate for drawings and permits.

In two months, the girl compensated Eibell $24,400 via 4 checks. Eibell cashed the checks, but no do the job has at any time been executed. The target made various unsuccessful tries to get well her deposits.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office strongly thinks there are more victims and request anyone with data about Eibell and 3 Brothers Renovations to get in touch with Higher Southampton Township Law enforcement Detective James W. Shirmer at [email protected] or the District Attorney’s Workplace at www.bucksda.org.

The investigation discovered that Eibell also performed get the job done as 3 Brothers Waterproofing and 3 Brothers Exteriors and may perhaps be related with other firms. The investigation also exposed that he not long ago gained contracts for do the job in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Upper Southampton Township Police Detective James W. Shirmer is the guide investigator in this circumstance, which was referred to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Business office by the Bucks County Business of Shopper Safety. Deputy District Lawyer Alan J. Garabedian is assigned for prosecution.

Media Speak to: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298, [email protected]

Criminal costs are allegations issue to proof in court docket. Defendants are presumed harmless right up until verified guilty in a court of legislation.

Melissa M. Taylor

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