Contractor Arrested for Post-Sandy Construction Fraud

Oct 11, 2017
Source: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office/ NJ MVC

Darin Smith, 45, of Whiting, has been arrested for the charge of second degree theft in connection to contracts to renovate homes affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the arrest on Oct. 4.

The arrest stems from a Sept. 27 indictment. “The indictment alleges Smith, the owner of Heritage Construction Enterprises Corporation, entered contracts with four separate homeowners to make renovations to their respective homes, after the homes received damage during Superstorm Sandy,” explains a press release from the prosecutor’s office.

Those residences are located in Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Tuckerton and Toms River.

The indictment alleges Smith “converted in excess of $75,000 that he received from the homeowners for his own use and failed to make required payments of said funds towards the projects,” the release states.

Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Lindsay Llauget investigated the case.

Anyone with information regarding Smith or Heritage Constructions Enterprises Corp. is asked to call Det. Eric Ludwick of the prosecutor’s office at 732-929-2027.

The office reminds the public that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. —J.K.-H.

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