NEW YORK (AP) -- A Long Island contractor is accused of taking more than $140,000 from a 74-year-old New York City resident for renovation work he never started.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says Ron Scott, of West Islip, was arraigned Wednesday on grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property charges. Bail was set at $25,000.
A criminal complaint says Lilian Miller paid Scott more than $143,000 in August 2007 to build an extension on her Queens home. Scott is accused of depositing the money in an account for his firm, U.S. Builder NYC and using the money for other expenses. Brown says Scott ignored the homeowner's repeated attempts to contact him.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Davis did not immediately return a call for comment left on his answering machine.