CONTRACTOR FRAUD ARREST
CHARGES: Theft by Deception & Receiving Stolen Property
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On October 21, 2020, the co-owners of two Berks County Funeral Homes filed a Theft complaint with the Womelsdorf Borough Police Department. The complaint was then referred to the Berks County Detective’s Office for review and follow-up investigation.
The Berks County Detective’s Office investigated this complaint and learned the following:
In June 2020, the victims met with the defendant, Jeremy Allen Tresselt, contractor and purported owner of K & E Construction, to hire his company to complete some work at one of their Funeral Homes.
The total cost of the contracted work was $34,500.00.
The victims issued the defendant a business check, in the amount of $3,500.00, which was their initial deposit. The defendant cashed this check later that same day.
To date, the defendant has failed to start any of the contracted work, has not delivered any materials or equipment, and failed to follow through with his commitment to refund the deposit money to the Victims.
On January 7, 2021, Berks County Detectives filed criminal charges against the defendant at Magisterial District Judge Ann Young’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued.
On January 8, 2021, at approximately 11:45 A.M., the defendant surrendered by reporting to the Berks County Detective’s Office. He was immediately escorted to the Central Processing Center and released into the custody of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department.
The defendant was fingerprinted and photographed.
The defendant had a video Preliminary Arraignment which was held by Magisterial District Judge Ann Young who set bail at $5,000.00 unsecured. The defendant was released pending a Preliminary Hearing which will be held at a later date.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Jeremy Allen Tresselt, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.