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Friday, October 24, 2014
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Unlicensed contractor arrested
Man defrauded East Rockaway homeowner and others, says DA; could face up to 7 years in prison
Courtesy NC DA office
Charles Ganzenmuller

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrest today of an unlicensed contractor who stole thousands of dollars from Nassau County homeowners for air conditioning repairs that never took place. An East Rockaway homeowner was among those that were bilked, Rice said.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrest today of an unlicensed contractor who stole thousands of dollars from Nassau County homeowners for air conditioning repairs that never took place. An East Rockaway homeowner was among those that were bilked, Rice said.

  Charles Ganzenmuller, 38, of Lords Valley, Pa., was arraigned before Nassau County District Court Judge David McAndrews last week and charged with two counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree (a D felony), one count of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree (an E felony), one count to Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree (an E felony), and two counts of Operating a Home Improvement Business without a License (an A misdemeanor). If convicted of the top charge, Ganzenmuller faces up to a maximum of 7 years in prison. He was released on his own recognizance and was due back in court on Feb. 27.

  “Contractors who blatantly and repeatedly disregard signed contracts with homeowners, as well as flout licensing rules, have no place doing business in Nassau County,” Rice said. “My office will continue its efforts to hold unscrupulous contractors accountable for their crimes and to protect homeowners.”

  Rice said that Ganzenmuller solicited and entered into home improvement contracts with multiple Nassau County homeowners between Jan. 4, 2012 and May 25, 2012. When entering into the contracts, Ganzenmuller claimed he owned two companies named “Assured Air Conditioning” and “Alliance Air Conditioning.”

  On January 4, 2012, Ganzenmuller, doing business as “Allied Air Conditioning,” entered into a contract with a Massapequa Park homeowner, to furnish and install a new boiler. Ganzenmuller was paid $2,000 as a down payment, but performed no work on the contract.

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