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Contractor Charged in $6,750 Theft from New City Homeowner

D.A.: Suffern man's contracting license was suspended; he walked away from job without returning customer's money.

A Suffern man who had his contractor's license suspended by Rockland County has been charged with grand larceny for walking away from a project at a New City home and failing to return $6,750 paid by the customer.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe said Scott Motz, 42, of 27 Highland Ave., Suffern, working under the name S.T.M. Construction, had been hired to construct a car port in December 2011. Motz was arrested after an investigation conducted by the Special Investigations Unit of the Office of the District Attorney.

Zugibe said the customer gave the Motz a down payment of $2,500, which represented more than one-third of the $6,750 total cost of the project. Shortly after starting the work, Zugibe said Motz requested another installment from the victim for the purchase of materials. The customer paid the defendant the balance of $4,250 to continue the job.

However, Zugibe said Motz is accused of producing a fraudulent invoice from an Orange County lumber company in an attempt to deceive the homeowner. At the time that he was paid for this job, Zugibe said the Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection had suspended Motz's license on the basis of an earlier claim.

Motz is accused of walking away from the job and failing to provide an accounting or return of the victim’s money. He is charged with third-degree grand larceny.

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