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Dover Man Arrested for Home Improvement Fraud

Incident Number:  50-23-278

Date/Time: Between April 1, 2022 and December 2022

Location: 800 Block of Forest Street Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested Stephen Kurtz,57, of Dover, for home improvement fraud following an investigation that began in early January. The investigation began when the victim, an 85 year old Dover woman, contacted Dover Police Detectives to report this incident. The victim’s house was damaged by a fire in 2022, and she needed the house to be renovated as a result. The victim entered into an agreement with Kurtz, and Kurtz Construction LLC in April of 2022 for the work to be completed. As of March 2023, the victim has paid Kurtz over $95,000 dollars, and the work that was said to have been completed, is not. Detectives obtained warrants for Kurtz and he was arrested on March 16, 2023. Kurtz was processed and arraigned at Dover Police.

Kurtz was released on his own recognizance on the following charge:
-Home Improvement Fraud over $1,500

Stephen Kurtz
Dover, DE