PLYMOUTH (WWJ) – A Plymouth man is being held on a $75,000 cash bond after police say he ran a home improvement scam.
Bloomfield Township police were contacted by a resident who said, back in December, he’d paid over $4,000 for special ordered shutters for his house in the 3300 block of Indian Summer, paying by personal check to Elite Blind Drapery & Shutter Services.READ MORE: Unemployment In Michigan: 30,816 New Jobless Claims Filed Last Week
The owner of that company, 42-year-old Kurt Matthew Siebert, allegedly cashed the check and then failed to order the shutters from the manufacturer.
Police said an investigation revealed Siebert has several online complaints for conducting similar business transactions.
In Yelp online reviews, multiple people in metro Detroit and elsewhere claim that they were ripped off by Siebert.READ MORE: If Kids Are Able To Get COVID Vaccine, Health Department May Re-Evaluate Michigan’s Re-Opening Plan
“I’ve been scammed/conned. Took a deposit from me $1500+ and is not answering me,” wrote Lola E. of Dearborn Heights.
“He is great scammer don’t even think of contacting him,” Richard F. of South Lyon posted. “He will scam you for a big deposit; he hit us for $1,600. Once he received the $$$ never head from him again. Somehow he needs to be stopped. He is the best of the scammers.”
A warrant was issued by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, and — with the help of the Western Wayne Community Response Team — Siebert was arrested at his home.
He was arraigned Thursday on a charge of larceny by conversion, over $1000 but less than $20,000.MORE NEWS: Gov. Whitmer Won’t Discuss Trip After Reported Use Of Private Jet
Siebert is scheduled to appear in court for a probably cause hearing on Tuesday, March 8.