VSP: Arrest made in home improvement fraud investigation
News from vtdigger.org:

News Release — Vermont State Police
Oct. 28, 2014

Trooper: Det. Sgt. Tara Thomas
Station: Middlesex
Contact: 802-229-9191

Case: 14A303594
Date: VSP’s assistance requested in August 2014
Location: Brook Street, Websterville
Violation: Home Improvement Fraud

Victim: Christopher Frey, age 36
Websterville, VT

ACCUSED: Arick Miller, age 27
Barre Town, VT

Summary of the Incident:

On 8/14/14 the Barre Town Police Department requested the assistance of the Vermont State Police to investigate an allegation of Home Improvement Fraud that occurred in the Town of Websterville. Barre Town Police Department advised the victim was a relative of one of their officers therefore they did not feel it was appropriate to investigate the allegation.

The victim, Christopher Frey of Websterville, had entered into an agreement with Arick Miller, age 27 of Barre Town, in March of this year to renovate his home that he had recently purchased. Frey was out of the country at the time the home improvement renovations were supposed to have occurred, however Miller failed to comply with the agreement and stopped construction on the project in May. Although Miller stopped working on the house, he continued to charge Frey for labor not worked, purchased unauthorized items on Miller’s credit card thr…………… continues on vtdigger.org

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