Western New York Contractor Accused Of Defrauding Homeowners

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FRIENDSHIP, NY – A Western New York contractor is accused of defrauding homeowners across the region.

New York State Police charged 31-year-old Jesse E.T. Smyers, of Richburg, NY, on Wednesday with felony scheming to defraud, among other charges, in connection with contracting jobs in Allegany County, Cattaraugus County and Northern Pennsylvania.

For around two-years Smyers allegedly collected over $200,000 in both money and supplies for jobs that he either never completed or completed so poorly that they had to be torn down and re-done by a separate contractor.

Smyers also, investigators allege, issued numerous bad checks to lumber companies and other businesses.

State Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim to Smyers Construction’s alleged actions to come forward, and contact investigators at (585) 344-6200. The reference report number is 10660950.


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