Man behind chimney scams turns self in
Michael Guarino, 42, of South Beach, N.Y., turned himself in on June 27 on charges stemming from a chimney scam that took place on May 18. He was charged with home improvement without certification of registration, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and conspiracy to commit receipt of money, goods or services obtained illegally.
According to the report, Guarino hired three men, who responded to a craigslist ad, to complete unnecessary repairs to homes using another chimney repair company's name. He knew these men were unlicensed and had no formal training in home improvement work.
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Guarino obtained customers from the Internet and booked all appointments, the report said. He owns Jade Enterprises and did not have a valid permit to work on these homes.
Guarino posted a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 10.