The Consumer Protection Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice is pursuing criminal charges against a Sussex County-based contractor accused of defrauding multiple Delaware homeowners.

Charges currently pending against Sergio Izzo Jr., 32, of Lewes, include four counts of theft, two counts of issuing a bad check, two counts of home improvement fraud, two counts of unlawful use of a payment card, two counts of forgery second degree, two counts of criminal impersonation and one count of providing false statements to hinder an investigation. Izzo conducted business as Izzo & Son Turf Co., based in Long Neck.

Allegations in the cases are the Izzo accepted payment from several different victims for home improvement work that he then did not substantially complete and did not provide refunds. The charges also related to allegations that unauthorized charges were made to customer credit cards and that he accepted delivery of materials from a building supply company and failed to pay for them.

DOJ Consumer Protection urges other homeowners who believe they may have a similar complaint about Izzo or Izzo & Son Turf Co., or have information to share with authorities, to contact DOJ Special Investigator Dan Daly at 752-3215.

DOJ Consumer Protection advises Delawareans hiring a contractor for home improvement work to be alert for scams and help avoid them by doing homework before hiring a contractor. Contractors should be bonded and maintain required licenses for mechanical work. Before hiring, get references and follow. Talk to friends and neighbors about a contractor’s reputation, and never pay for the work in cash or in full up front.

If consumers suspect they are a victim of home improvement fraud, they should contact their local law enforcement agency to make a police report.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.