Newburgh man poses as plumber, runs off with deposit

 Newburgh man poses as plumber, runs off with deposit

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.

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