A Brooklyn man was sentenced to three years’ probation for stealing close to $86,000 from four Park Slope homeowners, announced District Attorney Ken Thompson on Friday, March 11.
According to Thompson, between June, 2011 and July, 2013, the defendant – 42-year-old Mill Basin resident Dominick Valoroso – entered into signed contracts with four different homeowners (three in Park Slope and one in Prospect Heights) to perform work on their property, during part of which time he was not licensed due to complaints filed against him.
“Dominick Valoroso ripped off hard-working homeowners in Park Slope and Prospect Heights who were simply trying to improve their homes,” said Thompson. “This case makes clear why anyone hiring a home improvement contractor should check that they are properly licensed by and in good standing with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs so that they don’t fall prey to con artists who will take their money without doing any work.”
In total, Valoroso took $14,700 from one homeowner, and did not do any work; he took $54,400 from a second homeowner and completed just $10,400 of the work; he took $21,200 from a third homeowner and did not do any work; and he took $6,000 from a fourth homeowner and did not do any work.
In January of this year, Valoroso pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree scheme to defraud, at which time he was ordered civil judgments of restitution in the amount of $85,900 to be entered for the four victims.