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A builder in Orange County, N.Y. has been charged with defrauding four customers, and stealing more than $100,000 from them, Times Herald-Record staffer Daniel Axelrod reports.

Orange County prosecutors charged Charles Neustadt and his company, J.C. Builders earlier this week with four counts of third-degree grand larceny. Prosecutors also charged J.C. Builders with one first-degree count of scheme to defraud, a felony. Plus, Neustadt faces one misdemeanor count of theft of services for which he’s accused of intentionally failing to pay more than $4,600 to Frank Jackson.

Last November, J.C. Builders’ $2.3 million Chapter 7 bankruptcy left at least eight prospective homeowners with unfinished houses or unbuilt lots, according to a previous Times Herald-Record report.

The property owners in the towns of Warwick, Minisink and Greenville are currently scrambling to finish their homes. J.C. Builders’ bankruptcy filing has also swept up more than 50 mostly local suppliers and subcontractors, who are reeling from hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.

Neustadt, 63, of Goshen, founded J.C. Builders in 1993. Now, prosecutors accuse Neustadt and J.C. Builders of third-degree grand larceny under state lien law for taking $27,708 from Alan House Jr., $14,771 from Glen Magala, $32,325 from Sean Reynolds, and $29,610 from George Cocks and failing to perform work on their homes from March 1 to Nov. 1, 2017.

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