Cops: Queens landscaper scammed Nassau customers out of $30G

James R. Markellos, 46, of Jamaica, Queens, was James R. Markellos, 46, of Jamaica, Queens, was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, and charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, petty larceny and second-degree scheme to defraud, according to police. Photo Credit: NCPD

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A Queens landscaper was arrested Saturday after Nassau County police said he borrowed $30,000 from his clients over six months, but never paid them back.

Police said James R. Markellos, 46, of Jamaica, Queens, asked for money from three landscaping clients in Franklin Square and Elmont between January 2014 and June 2014, claiming that he needed the funds to replace tools stolen from his truck.

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Markellos told the victims he would repay them in money and in landscaping services, police said.

Although he took $30,000 from the three victims, he neither repaid the money nor did the work for them, police said.

Markellos was arrested in Franklin Square and charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, petty larceny and second-degree scheme to defraud, according to police. At his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, he was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail or bond. He is due back in court on Wednesday.

Police asked anyone who feels he or she might have been a victim of Markellos to call the Fourth Squad at 516-573-6553.

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