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Three nabbed in chimney-cleaning scam

Published 2:09 pm, Friday, January 25, 2013

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  • Frederick Dapice III of Lindenhurst, N.Y., was one of three men arrested on Friday, Jan. 25, on a host of charges in a chimney-cleaning scam in New Canaan. Photo: Contributed
    Frederick Dapice III of Lindenhurst, N.Y., was one of three men arrested on Friday, Jan. 25, on a host of charges in a chimney-cleaning scam in New Canaan. Photo: Contributed

 

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Three men were arrested on Friday, Jan. 25, on a variety of charges for an alleged chimney-cleaning scam.

On Friday, Jan. 18, an elderly female resident of Mariomi Road complained to police that two men approached her and said she need her chimney cleaned, according to the report. The men told her they worked for All American Maintenance and Restoration, police said, and after they inspected the chimney, they explained the work, convincing the resident to have it done.

Police said the resident was told the job would cost $3,200 for cleaning and repairs, which would begin on Thursday, Jan. 24, so she gave them a $1,000 deposit. Three men, driving a white van with New York license plates, arrived at the residence to perform the work, said police. Officers were in the area and confronted the men, according to the report, and after questioning them, police determined they did not have a home improvement certificate and building permit, nor were they licensed contractors.

Frederick Dapice III, 41, of 14 Laurel Road, Lindenhurst, N.Y., was charged with larceny in the second degree of a victim over age 60, home improvement without a certificate of registration, working without a building permit, failure to obtain tax permit, impersonating a registered salesman/contractor and notices in sales agreement. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Paul W. Scalia, 35, of 217 Vernon Valley Road, East Northport, N.Y., was charged with larceny in the second degree of a victim over age 60, home improvement without a certificate of registration, working without a building permit and failure to obtain tax permit. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Robert J. Houlahan, 45, 700 Nicholls Road, Deer Park, N.Y., was charged with larceny in the second degree of a victim over age 60, home improvement without a certificate of registration, working without a building permit and failure to obtain tax permit. He was held in lieu of $7,500 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Jan. 25.