A Westchester, N.Y., contractor, Michael Scoca, has been charged with one count of grand larceny for having been hired by homeowners to do home improvement projects that were then never completed. Dockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe in an announcement following Scoca's arrest, warned homeowners of falling victim to fraudulent contractors.

Contractor Scoca operates his business under the name West End Contractors, LLC. He is charged with having stolen over $26,000 from a homeowner who hired Scoca to perform renovation projects, including a full kitchen remodel. Scoca is now accused of having abandoned the project and failing to provide an accounting or return of the homeowner’s money after having been hired back in May of 2015.

As New City Patch reports:

The defendant demolished the kitchen, installed new sheetrock and applied paint, but failed to complete the construction. It is alleged that Scoca did not install nor provide the vast majority of building materials, including flooring, cabinets, countertops, appliances and related plumbing…

Scoca was arraigned in the Town of Stony Point Justice Court and sent to the Rockland County Jail because of two previous felonies. He is due to return to court on Aug. 9.

If convicted, he faces a possible state prison sentence of up to seven years. Executive Assistant District Attorney Richard Kennison Moran will prosecute the case.

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