June 15, 2024

A 36-year-old man named Steven Rowan, hailing from Milford, Delaware, has been taken into custody by the Delaware State Police for his involvement in a home building scam.

The arrest was initiated after a couple based in Virginia raised the alarm about a home construction con on July 28, 2023. Subsequent investigations revealed that Steven Rowan, the sole proprietor of Sussex Building LLC, had entered into an agreement with the offended parties, aged 71 and 79, in January 2022 to construct a new dwelling in the Milton region. The couple had paid Rowan a large sum upfront for the project. However, it was discovered that the construction was not commenced, the contract unfulfilled, and their money unreimbursed. The detectives then proceeded to get hold of warrants for the man’s arrest.

Rowan confessed to his crimes at Troop 4 on January 18, 2024 and faced the following charges:

  • Felony theft exceeding $100,000 from victims aged 62 or above
  • New home construction scam by false pretense surpassing $100,000, also classified as felony
  • Signing a contract business without valid or continuous license

The Justice of the Peace Court 2 passed the initial hearing and released Rowan on an unsecured bond of $120,100.

If anyone has been defrauded in a similar fashion, please get in touch with Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850. You can also share details by sending a private Facebook message to the Delaware State Police page or calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

For those who have experienced being a victim or witness of a crime or have tragically lost a loved one, support and resources are available round-the-clock from the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit / Delaware Victim Center by calling on a toll-free hotline: 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461) or emailing DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the charges filed against Steven Rowan?

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Rowan has been charged with three offenses—felony theft of over $100,000 from citizens aged 62 years and above, new home construction scam by false pretense over $100,000, and engaging a contract business without a valid or continuous license.

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What assistance is available for victims or witnesses of crime?

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The Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit and Delaware Victim Center offer round-the-clock support and resources. They can be reached via a toll-free hotline: 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461) and by email at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.

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Who do I contact if I have been defrauded in a similar manner?

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If you have experienced a similar fraud, please contact the Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850. You can also provide relevant information on the Delaware State Police Facebook page or by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.