Contractor Pleads Guilty to Theft By Deception

By Eric Englund | Sep 25, 2019

Barnegat — Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on Sept. 16, George LaRosa of Barnegat Township pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception. Billhimer said the state has recommended a sentence of three years in New Jersey State Prison in addition to an amount of $456,650 in restitution to his victims. He said, LaRosa, 50, has agreed to make full restitution as a condition of his plea. LaRosa is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Michal T.Collins on Jan. 24.

The prosecutor said that after Superstorm Sandy, LaRosa entered into contracts with 19 homeowners throughout Stafford, Lacey, Toms River, Long Beach and Little Egg Harbor townships as well as Ship Bottom borough. According to the agreement, he was to repair homes that had been damaged by the storm. Billhimer said LaRosa failed to make the repairs and converted monies received for those repairs to his own personal use before closing his business and leaving homeowners in various stages of disrepair.

In 2016, LaRosa and his company, GL Construction, were sued by the state Division of Consumer Affairs in state Superior Court. Six homeowners complained that GL Construction took initial payments for home improvements and elevations and then failed to begin work, performed shoddy work, abandoned the job, or failed to return for weeks or months, court papers state. E.E.

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