A man who admitted scamming a Huntington woman out of $200,000 was sentenced Wednesday to 2 to 4 years in prison.
Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney said that Nicholas Spano posed as a home improvement contractor and scammed the woman in 2019 and 2020. He said that Spano had been recommended to the victim by another contractor, and in September 2019 he gave an estimate for home improvement work on the victim’s Huntington residence.
He began manipulating the victim into giving him more money for several reasons, escalating to threats of violence against the woman, her family and friends, until the victim’s retirement and savings accounts were drained.
When officers from the Suffolk County Police Department, Second Precinct, arrested
Spano on April 24, 2022, Tierney’s office said, Spano exclaimed, “She’s doing this because I took her for the money.”
“Anyone who would take advantage of a vulnerable victim via a home improvement scam or any other type of scam should be forewarned,” said District Attorney Tierney. “We take all consumer crimes seriously at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. “We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and send you to upstate prison for scams such as this.”
Spano, pleaded guilty in November 2022, to Attempted Grand Larceny in the Second Degree.
Anyone who believes they may be a victim of any home improvement scam in Suffolk County should contact the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office at (631) 853-5602.