WAWAYANDA – A town of Newburgh man is accused of taking $2,000 from a town resident, promising to perform household work, and then never showing up to do the job.
State police announced Thursday they arrested Shawn C. Abrams, 45, on charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony.
Troop F spokesman Steven Nevel said Abrams pretended to be affiliated with Middletown Plumbing and Heating, a legitimate business, but Abrams never actually worked for them.
Abrams was hired on Feb. 8 to replace a boiler and furnace for $4,000 and asked for half of the bill to be paid as a deposit, Nevel said. He promised to return to do the job two days later but that never happened.
He claimed the wrong parts were delivered, and then there were other reasons the job needed to be delayed, and then he eventually stopped answering the homeowners’ repeated attempts to get in touch with him, Nevel said.
“Abrams, who falsely advertises working for Middletown Plumbing and Heating and S&K Construction, is known to the state police and local law enforcement for taking down payments to complete plumbing and boiler work and failing to return,” a police news release stated.
Anyone with information or who thinks they may have been a victim of Abrams should call Investigator Stephen E. Malone of the Middletown barracks at 344-5353.