A New Jersey man admitted Monday to bilking a Nassau County contractor out of $75,000 that was supposed to be used to buy new widows for a Lido Beach home, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
Scott Brown, 51, of Point Pleasant, N.J., pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to a charge of second-degree grand larceny. Prosecutors said he has repaid the $75,000 and is expected to receive five years probation when he’s sentenced in March.
Brown, prosecutors allege, falsely presented himself as an authorized dealer of Western Window Systems when he was dealer with a Nassau County-based general contractor in 2012. The unidentified contractor allegedly agreed to pay Brown $75,000 to purchase and install the high-end windows in a home being constructed in Lido Beach. He supposedly promised the windows would be ready to be installed in about 12 weeks.
The district attorney’s office said Brown was given a $40,000 down payment in July 2012 and then another $35,000 the next month, but never ordered the windows. After investigators reviewed his bank records, they found Brown used the cash to pay off his credit card bills and purchase trips to Florida. He also allegedly used the money for restaurant bills and to buy fishing gear, business supplies and pay vendors.
Brown showed up at the Lido Beach construction site in December 2012 and told the contractor he never ordered the windows “because his sister had stolen the money,” the DA’s office said. He was arrested in August by district attorney’s investigators.
“Unscrupulous business people who cheat their clients only make it harder for honest providers of goods and services to be trusted,” Rice said.
Brown is expected to be sentenced on March 27.