Contractor Who Stiffed Customer Arrested on Forgery Charge

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UTICA, NY – A home improvement contractor hired to do a job in Utica has been charged with forging a document and grand larceny by the Utica Police Department.

According to the UPD, in early April, an individual hired a contractor to do home repairs. The victim had initially given the contractor a $3500 deposit for the work, however, no work had ever been completed nor had the suspect made efforts to refund the money.

“Following attempts to have the money refunded and several denials by the contractor, an investigation was initiated by the Utica Police Department,” the department said. “As the investigation proceeded, the contractor produced a receipt with the signature of the victim alleging that that the money had been paid back to the victim. Upon speaking with the victim regarding the veracity of the receipt, it was learned that the suspect had created the document and forged the signature and that the money in fact had never been returned.”

Following the conclusion of this investigation, it was determined that Christopher Shaughnessy age 36 of Westernville NY would be charged with: