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NJ Judge Finds Contractor Guilty of Third Degree Theft


A 47-year-old New York contractor was convicted Friday of third degree theft after he was paid thousands to remediate a home damaged Super Storm Sandy.

According to officials, on June 8th, Che W. Smith, 47, of Berne, NY, was convicted of third degree theft in a bench trial before Judge James M. Blaney J.S.C.

Authorities said Smith was contracted to remediate a Tuckerton home after it was damaged from Super Storm Sandy.

The investigation by Det. James Conroy of OCPO Economic Crimes Unit found Smith was given in excess of $76,000, however, he performed minimal work and misappropriated approximately $70,000.

According to authorities, Smith is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced next month.