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DA: NY home improvement contractor admits $100K scam

Anthony Delmaro, 42, of Lindenhurst, pleaded guilty Tuesday to grand larceny and scheme to defraud charges at the Nassau County Court.
Anthony Delmaro, 42, of Lindenhurst, pleaded guilty Tuesday to grand larceny and scheme to defraud charges at the Nassau County Court.
Photo Credit: Town of Harrison Police Dept.

A self-proclaimed “gypsy,” initially arrested in Westchester County for allegedly running a home improvement scam, may spend the next 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty Tuesday to felony larceny and fraud charges on Long Island, Nassau County prosecutors said.

Anthony Delmaro, 42, of Lindenhurst, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree and third-degree grand larceny, as well as first-degree scheme to defraud. In exchange for his plea, Acting State Supreme Court Judge Alan Honorof said he would sentence Delmaro to between 3 1/3 and 10 years in state prison. Delmaro was also ordered to repay $582,340 in restitution to the victims.

“I took money from a job I had no intent of finishing,” Delmaro told the judge. “I made promises to various people and had no intention of doing the work.” Prosecutors allege he scammed 12 customers in Nassau County out of more than $100,000 by taking deposits for roof repair work, but never completed the home improvement projects.

“My client has made a number of bad business decisions over the years and this was an effort to bring closure in reference to those matters,” his lawyer, Marvin Hirsch, of Mineola, said afterward. As he was being led out of court in handcuffs, Delmaro shouted “I love you” and blew kisses to a family member. Relatives who attended the court hearing declined to comment.

Delmaro was initially arrested in November 2013 in Harrison, NY, on grand larceny and conspiracy charges for an alleged home improvement scheme. Police said Delmaro would send unsolicited faxes offering home improvement work, then give estimates and collect payments in advance for work that was never done or fully finished. It was after his arrest in Harrison that Delmaro, who also uses the nickname “Nick,” told investigators he identifies himself and his family as “gypsies.” Delmaro’s son and wife were also arrested in the alleged scheme. Harrison Police said Delmaro was also allegedly wanted in several other states for similar scams.

After his arrest, Delmaro was hauled back to Nassau County after he skipped town in 2010 when he was indicted on felony grand larceny charges relating to another scam, according to prosecutors and court records. His plea covers that prior indictment, along with the charges for allegedly running a home improvement scam on Long Island. Delmaro, who told the judge he completed the seventh grade, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison under the judge’s sentencing commitment after pleading guilty to similar charges in Suffolk and Westchester counties. He is due back in the Nassau County Court on July 9 for sentencing.