Two brothers have been charged with home improvement fraud by police in Vernon.
Wesley Zaino, 26, and David Zaino, 27, are accused of accepting more than $49,000 from an elderly victim for home repairs, but completed very little of them, according to police.
The brothers were operating under the name Zaino Construction, investigators said.
The money was paid between June 2014 and March 2015.
Repairs were supposed to include a new roof, painting, curtains, flooring, sidewalk repair, electrical wiring and other miscellaneous improvements.
Police also said that most of the completed work was of substandard quality and did not pass inspection.
In the case of the roof, shingles were stripped from more than half of it in Oct. 2014. When detectives began their investigation in March 2015, they said the roof was haphazardly covered with only a tarp and there was water damage inside the home.
Investigators said the brothers were not state licensed contractors and had not applied for work permits. They also said the suspects could only account for a small portion of the money paid to them.
The Zaino brothers are also accused of stealing jewelry from the victim while they had access to the house. Police said the items were sold at area pawn shops. Some of them were recovered.
Police said jewelry stolen by Wesley Zaino totaled about $5,700. David Zaino allegedly took $1,000 worth.
The brothers were taken into custody on Thursday by the Hebron resident state trooper’s office. Their warrants were held by the Vernon Police Department.
Wesley Zaino was charged with first-degree larceny, first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, second-degree larceny, second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and making home improvements without a license.
He also faces charges for failing to appear in court.
His bond was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to face a judge on Thursday in Rockville Court.
David Zaino was charged with first-degree larceny, first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, second-degree larceny, second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny and making home improvements without a license.
His bond was $75,000 and will also face a judge on Thursday.
Police believe there may be other victims.
Anyone who may have had dealings with the Zaino brothers is asked to contact Vernon police detective Charles Hicking at 860-9126, extension 224.
Police also said they want to remind people looking to have home improvement projects done to verify credentials through the state’s Department of Consumer Protection.
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