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Posted on: January 5, 2016

Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractor Arrested for Theft of Funds from Homeowners

Sousouris, Konstantine

Konstantine Sousouris allegedly accepted money to improve East Meadow family’s kitchen MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas  announced that a Farmingdale man was arrested today by DA Investigators  for allegedly stealing more than $5,000 from an East Meadow couple that  had contracted with him to make improvements to their kitchen.  Konstantine Sousouris, 39, was arraigned today before District Court  Judge Darlene Harris n the charges of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree (a  D felony) and Operating a Home Improvement Business without a License  (an A misdemeanor). The defendant was released on his own recognizance  and is due back in court on Jan. 12. He faces a maximum of up to 2-1/3  to seven years in prison on the top charge. “Crooked contractors prey on  overly-trusting homeowners and it is important that customers ask to  see a copy of the business license and appropriate insurance paperwork  of the company,” DA Singas said. “I encourage homeowners who have been  victimized by a contractor to contact our office or our partners at the  Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs and report the incident.” DA  Singas said that Sousouris, doing business as K.S. Sousouris, Inc., and  the homeowners allegedly entered into an agreement for the defendant to  purchase materials and perform kitchen home improvements to their East  Meadow house on March 22, 2014. As part of the agreement, the homeowners  paid Sousouris $5,915.00 in April 2014 for the cost of materials. The  defendant cancelled numerous appointments to deliver materials and start  work on the project, using a variety of excuses, including claiming  that his machinery was broken and that he was having problems with his  employees. To date, Sousouris has never delivered material, provided  proof that any materials were ordered or started work on the project.  The case was referred to the DA’s Office by the Nassau County Office of  Consumer Affairs after a complaint was filed by the couple. Upon being  informed of his imminent arrest, Sousouris made full restitution to the  homeowners. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Contreras of DA Singas’  Government and Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case.  Sousouris was represented at arraignment by Legal Aid. The charges are  merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and  unless found guilty.

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