SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Coventry contractor is charged with ripping off clients — taking hefty payments but never completing construction jobs — and passing a fraudulent check. State Police officers from the Financial Crimes unit arrested Scott M. Ferguson Wednesday.
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Three different victims told police they’d hired Ferguson for various construction projects at their home or business, according to a news release from Rhode Island State Police’s Maj. Todd Catlow.
They made substantial payments for the jobs — over $90,000 in all combined — but Ferguson never returned to complete the projects.
Police investigators allege he put the cash to personal use: paying down personal debts, and making purchases not related to construction. He’s charged with three counts of unlawful appropriation over $1,000, and one count of writing fraudulent checks over $1,500.
After an arraignment before a justice of the peace Thursday morning, police said Ferguson was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
Conviction on the charges of unlawful appropriation over $1,000 could mean fines of a maximum of $50,000 or three times the value of the money or property, whichever is greater; imprisonment of a maximum of 20 years, or both.