Monday, December 21, 2015

Queens DA: GC Stole $175K+ From 'Sandy' Victims Seeking To Rebuild Hurricane-Destroyed Homes, Pocketing Deposits, Then Stiffing Subs In Violation Of State Lien Law (Misappropriation Of Trust Funds); Suspect Also Faces Grand Larceny, Scheme To Defraud Charges

From the Office of the Queens County, New York District Attorney:
  • Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown [] announced that a Long Island contractor and his construction company have been charged with stealing more than $175,000 from victims whose Breezy Point homes were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and who had contracted with the defendants to build new homes.

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    The District Attorney identified the defendants as Andrew L. Troiano, 51, of Maple Grove, New York, and his corporation, Alt Design and Construction Consulting Inc., which at the time of the alleged crimes had offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and West Hempstead, New York.

    Troiano and his corporation were arraigned [...] on a criminal complaint charging each of them with violating New York State Lien Law 79-A-1 (second- and third-degree misappropriation of funds of trust), second-, third- and fourth degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud. Troiano, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on February 2, 2016. In the case of the corporate defendant, conviction of a felony is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or double the amount of the illegal gain. ...

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