Carlisle man charged with theft related to construction of promised home | Crime and courts

A Carlisle man faces robbery charges after the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office said he raised funds for building homes but failed to use them as intended.

Timothy Hoffman, 53, was arrested on Thursday and charged with five counts of theft by required disposition and two counts of theft by deception in connection with allegations made between 2017 and 2019 involving his company, Hoffman Custom Contracting in Dickinson Township .

The DA’s Criminal Investigations Division reported Friday that Hoffman’s business specializes in building custom residential homes. During this period, Hoffman is said to have entered into contracts for the construction of five houses in the townships of Dickinson, Middlesex and South Middleton. The prosecutor’s office said Hoffman took funds intended for construction work or materials, but never applied them as intended.

The prosecutor’s office said Hoffman also misled the victims by convincing them to sign documents for credit on their behalf. Seven of the 12 victims were over 60 years old.

Hoffman was arrested and then released on an unsecured bond of $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 1 before District Magistrate Jonathan Birbeck.