A Middletown septic contractor is facing felony charges after allegedly ripping off an elderly couple.
Hans Scheing, the owner of Delaware Septic Service LLC, entered into a contract to provide septic services and repairs at their home, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Environmental Crimes Unit.
The couple, whose names and residency are being withheld, reportedly paid Scheing $8,000 over a three-day period in July.
Yet, the contractor had not applied for a single permit to conduct the work more than 90 days later, said DNREC spokesman Michael Globetti.
The victims reported the alleged theft to DNREC's Environmental Hotline, he said.
Scheing, 40, is charged with theft and home improvement fraud. Both charges are felonies because the victims are older than 62 and the theft is greater than $1,500, Globetti said.
He turned himself in to authorities early Monday afternoon and was released on a $5,000 bond following a video arraignment at Delaware State Police Troop 9 in Odessa.
Scheing declined to comment on the charges Tuesday when contacted at his home-based business at 38 Browning Circle in the Middletown Crossing neighborhood.
According to the business' website, Delaware Septic Service is licensed and insured "to do all aspects of septic tank and sewer installation and repairs" in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
The company was licensed by DNREC as late as August, however its accreditation by the Better Business Bureau of Delaware has been suspended.