Contractor fraud leaves some rebuilding 5 years after Sandy

2017-10-28 22:55
James Lawson appears in a court in Toms River, New Jersey, accused of fraud and criminal activity. (Thomas P Costello, AP)

James Lawson appears in a court in Toms River, New Jersey, accused of fraud and criminal activity. (Thomas P Costello, AP)

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Trenton - Residents in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico can learn lessons from New Jersey homeowners in the US 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 US territory with the names of such contractors known as storm chasers.

A Toms River resident was one of more than 30 Sandy homeowners and employees who were scammed out of about $1.86m 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 with Sandy-related fraud in New Jersey. Most involved homeowners filing fraudulent applications for relief funds, while others were contractors.

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