Rockland contractor faces third larceny charge

Scott Motz, 43, of Suffern, allegedly scammed several

Scott Motz, 43, of Suffern, allegedly scammed several homeowners during construction projects. (Aug. 2, 2012) Photo Credit: Rockland County District Attorney's Office

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A Rockland County-based home improvement contractor has been hit with a third charge that he took clients' money and failed to do the work, officials said.

Scott Motz, 43, of 27 Highland Ave., Suffern, was charged with felony third-degree grand larceny, Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said in a statement Monday.

Motz, who does business as S.T.M. Construction, took $4,400 from a Suffern homeowner in June to replace the house's roof. No roof work was done, nor was the money refunded, officials allege.

It is Motz's second such charge in Rockland County. He previously was charged with third-degree grand larceny in August in Clarkstown. He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny in June in a case in Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County.

In the Clarkstown case, Motz allegedly took a down payment of $2,500 from a New City homeowner in December 2011, agreeing to build a carport. He began work and then went to the homeowner for an additional $4,250 for materials, police said. Motz allegedly used a fake invoice from an Orange County lumber company to deceive the homeowner, then quit the job without offering a refund, according to police.

In the Mount Pleasant case, Motz agreed in February to do some work on a Hawthorne home and took a $1,500 down payment, which he pocketed without doing the work, a spokeswoman at the Westchester County district attorney's office said Monday. He appears again in Mount Pleasant Town Court on Jan. 10.

In both the Suffern and Clarkstown cases, he was paid while already under suspension by Rockland's Office of Consumer Protection due to an earlier complaint, officials said.

Motz is being prosecuted under the state's Lien Law, which requires contractors accepting money for improvement projects to keep separate ledgers for each project and use the funds they receive only on the costs of that project, officials said. They said that Motz had violated the law by failing to keep accurate records and by not returning the customers' money.

Supervising Senior Assistant District Attorney Anthony Dellicarri is prosecuting. Motz faces a state prison sentence of up to seven years if convicted of the latest charge, officials said.

Motz is due in court on the new charge Jan. 8.

Attorney information for him was not available Monday, and he could not be reached for comment.

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