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Contractor Accused of Scamming Sandy-Struck Homeowners

Hurricane Sandy still haunts New Jersey residents, but not in the way you might expect.

David Bauer of Toms River was arrested on Monday by investigators in the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.

He’s accused of accepting $40,000 and failing to complete renovations he was contracted to make on a Sandy damaged home in the township’s Ocean Beach section.

Bauer is charged with theft by deception and with violation of the Contractor’s Registration Act.

Authorities say Bauer began repairing the home in July 2013 and suddenly vacated the project after receiving the $40,000 payment.

The Ocean County Economic Crimes Unit also contends that Bauer is not a registered contractor and never drew any permits for the renovations.

Bauer currently is in Ocean County Jail in default of $5,000 bail set by the Honorable Rochelle Gizinski J.S.C. He was given no option for release on payment of 10 percent.

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