North Jersey Home Improvement Contractor Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $75,000

TRENTON – A home improvement contractor has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $75,000 by taking money from clients, including a church in North Jersey, and failing to perform the work for which he was paid, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

Edward Humphrey, 41, whose last known address was in Blairstown, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, May 29, to second-degree theft by deception before Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan in Union County. The charge was contained in a June 25, 2010 state grand jury indictment.

Moynihan scheduled sentencing for Aug. 3. Humphrey faces a sentence of between three and five years in state prison. Humphrey will also be ordered to pay $188,000 in restitution.

“People who invest their hard-earned money in improving their properties need to be able to trust that the money will be put to proper use,” Chiesa said. “The way that Mr. Humphrey conned his victims is reprehensible. My office will continue to crack down on unscrupulous contractors who take advantage of those looking to improve upon their properties.”

In pleading guilty, Humphrey, who was a home improvement contractor and consultant operating the now-defunct Edward Humphrey, L.L.C. out of a Kenilworth, admitted that between March 8 and Sept. 7, 2005, he took deposit checks from nine customers and failed to perform the work for which he was paid. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice determined that the deposit monies totaled $188,000.

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