Contractor fraud leaves some rebuilding 5 years after Sandy

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Posted: Oct 28, 2017 10:59 AM
Contractor fraud leaves some rebuilding 5 years after Sandy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Residents in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico can learn lessons from New Jersey homeowners who are still rebuilding five years after Superstorm Sandy because they selected contractors who saw opportunity in chaos.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino is providing officials in those states and the U.S. territory with the names of such contractors known as stormchasers.

A Toms River resident was one of more than 30 Sandy homeowners and employees who were scammed out of about $1.86 million by contractor James Lawson. Under terms of the plea agreement, Lawson faces up to 10 years in prison for financial facilitation of criminal activity and theft.

More than 200 people have been charged in New Jersey with Sandy-related fraud. Most involved homeowners filing fraudulent applications for relief funds, while others were contractors.