SOUND BEACH - A Long Island contractor previously accused of ripping off homeowners appeared before a judge today to face more than a dozen new charges, half of them for allegedly performing unlicensed work.

Police say 48-year-old Carlos Correa, of North Babylon, did shoddy work in one case and allegedly took thousands of dollars from one homeowner, but did very little work. Correa also faces assault charges.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, Correa, a general contractor and the owner of a lawn sprinkler company, has been in trouble with the law before for allegedly taking money and not finishing jobs.

Pamela Cordes, of Sound Beach, says Correa scammed her out of several thousand dollars in 2007 when he didn't finish building a deck at her home.

Suffolk County Consumer Affairs says when choosing a home contractor, people should ask for several references, check the license and always get a written contract.

Correa is being held on nearly $19,000 bail.