No-show contractor charged with fraud

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The so-called “no-show contractor” — the subject of a Target 8 investigation for allegedly swindling thousands of dollars from homeowners — is now facing fraud charges.

Jeffrey Scott TenElshof II, of Jenison, was charged Thursday with two counts of felony larceny by conversion between $1,000 and $20,000.

He is accused of taking $2,000 up front from a homeowner in April, then $3,500 from another homeowner the next day — and failing to return to do the promised home repairs, according to affidavits filed in 63rd District Court.

He also failed to return the money, sheriff’s detectives alleged.

The convicted sex offender is also charged as a habitual offender. He is scheduled to face arraignment on June 25.

Jeffery Scott TenElshof II
Jeffery Scott TenElshof II

On Thursday, Target 8 tracked down TenElshof to a home in Grand Rapids, where had been installing siding. He left the site without comment.

The Grand Rapids homeowner, who has nothing to do with the pending criminal charges, said he asked TenElshof to stop the work after watching Target 8′s report.  He said the siding isn’t matching up with the insulation.

“He should be stopped,” the homeowner said. “He shouldn’t be scamming everybody like that. These people work hard for their money.”

Target 8 confirmed he was working Thursday as a subcontractor for Kentwood-based Erie Construction. Company officials said they weren’t aware of his criminal background and they promised to stand behind their work.

“If there’s an issue with something that he did regarding our company, Erie Construction will make sure we’ll take care of it,” said branch manager Adam McKibbin.

 

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