DA sting nails 219 alleged illegal contractors
The district attorneys of Nassau and Suffolk counties announced Thursday the arrest of more than 200 alleged illegal contractors in a month-long sting.
The sting, conducted throughout July, resulted in 60 arrests in Nassau and 159 in Suffolk. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said some of the suspects were operating without a license and others flat-out cheated homeowners.
"In one instance you had a contractor who agreed to put an addition on a house. He insisted on being paid up front and the victims in that case lost almost $75,000," Rice said.
Most involved were charged with misdemeanors. However, 30-year-old Nicholas Analitis, of East Meadow, was indicted on felony charges for allegedly passing $10,000 in bad checks.
Anyone considering home improvement work can contact the county Department of Consumer Affairs for information on the status of a contractor's license.