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Wolcott man arrested for alleged contractor scams

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The New Hartford Police Department warned of scams after the arrest of a Wolcott contractor on Thursday.

According to NHPD, in the Fall of 2022, a couple from the Town of New Hartford hired William Friello, 56, of Wolcott as a contractor to complete renovations on their home. Police said the victims and the contractor agreed upon the renovations and time frame before the victims provided Friello with a $38,000 deposit.

Police said after several months, Friello never started the renovations. and the victims attempted to get their money refunded for years after. But Friello allegedly never made any attempt to return the money or complete any renovations on the house.

Following the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Friello, and on March 14, Friello surrendered himself at the New Hartford Police Department.

Police said Friello was arrested for one count of grand larceny in the third degree, which is a class D felony, and he was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court before being released on his own recognizance.

The New Hartford Police Department advised anyone using a contractor to ask for references of past customers, structure payments after to correlate with the amount of work completed, or obtain a performance bond to protect themselves from scams.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The New Hartford Police Department warned of scams after the arrest of a Wolcott contractor on Thursday.

According to NHPD, in the Fall of 2022, a couple from the Town of New Hartford hired William Friello, 56, of Wolcott as a contractor to complete renovations on their home. Police said the victims and the contractor agreed upon the renovations and time frame before the victims provided Friello with a $38,000 deposit.

Police said after several months, Friello never started the renovations. and the victims attempted to get their money refunded for years after. But Friello allegedly never made any attempt to return the money or complete any renovations on the house.

Following the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Friello, and on March 14, Friello surrendered himself at the New Hartford Police Department.

Police said Friello was arrested for one count of grand larceny in the third degree, which is a class D felony, and he was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court before being released on his own recognizance.

The New Hartford Police Department advised anyone using a contractor to ask for references of past customers, structure payments after to correlate with the amount of work completed, or obtain a performance bond to protect themselves from scams. Read More CrimeRochesterFirst  

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