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Nanuet Contractor Charged With Grand Larceny

Contractor charged with not completing renovation project for Nanuet homeowners

 

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe announced that Michael Kubasek, 44, of Nanuet has been charged with a third degree felony count of Grand Larceny. According to the charge, Kubasek, an unlicensed home improvement contractor working under the business name of V & J Mechanical, is alleged to have stolen more than $35,000 from a Nanuet couple, who had hired him to renovate their home.

He was arraigned on Wednesday, Dec. 26 in the Town of Clarkstown Justice Court and released on his own recognizance. Kubasek is due back in court on February 13. If convicted on the charge of Grand Larceny, Kubasek could be sentenced to up to seven years in state prison. 

Kubasek worked with one of the victims as a volunteer firefighter in Nanuet. In June 2011, Kubasek and the homeowners entered into a home renovation agreement for the installation of central air conditioning. When the couple planned an addition and repairs to their home, a second agreement was reached and they reportedly paid Kubasek more than $35,000. The money came from the pension fund of one of the victims who was a retired New York City firefighter. 

After work began, the couple learned the subcontractors hired by the defendant had not been paid and they had to pay them directly.  According to the charges, Kubasek did not answer the couple’s questions about the subcontractors and abandoned the uncompleted project.

Kubasek is accused of walking away from the job and failing to provide an accounting or return of the victim’s money. By failing to provide an accounting of how the money had been used and by not returning the money upon the demand of the consumer, Kubasek accused of violating both the Penal Law and the Lien Law. 

His arrest resulted from an investigation by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit and the Rockland County Department of Consumer Protection. 

Freedom.USA January 03, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I am not sure where you get your numbers that 80% of NYC Firefighters are on a disability pension? Not only that, but the fact that you don't consider being a NYC Firefighter a hard-working career is appalling. In fact with comments like those, and the fact that you don't know any of the facts and are using this rant to sound like a fool, I even wonder if you have a job...
Jimmy January 03, 2013 at 02:20 PM
"all parties involved" You were making the assumption that the homeowner was avoiding paying tax. You sound like a disgruntled housewife who has nothing better to do.
stephany January 03, 2013 at 04:56 PM
well be sure, this article puts it at 75%. nyc fm have been abusing the system 25% more than pre 911..was 50% before 911. I have seen 80%..took 30 seconds to find this http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/the_fa_lane_for_ailing_fireman_CBznD7jXw9CyXfAiZ3QZMM never said being a nycfm was not a hard job--please quote me where you got that from.Btw it might be somewhat hard work when you are actually working but that may not happen a lot depending where you are stationed. on a routine basis loads of people work much harder that nyc fm and they do it all day long.with no bed to take a nap in,no kitchen to cook a meal,no weight room to bulk up for the calendar and no tv room to catch up on their favorite show. I imagine some of the contractors who did not get paid work harder and all day. and he is not a hard working nyc Fm.he is retired,and the article does not mention he even works. you fail reading 101 too,or wasn't that on the test. ANYONE LOOKING TO PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH PLEASE QUOTE THE SOURCE,AND WHEN YOU CAN'T FIND IT, MOVE ON.
NyackPride January 05, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I'm sure you guys are great people and this is all a big misunderstanding, the judge will certainly help you guys figure it all out. Hopefully the brother firefighter will get his 35k back that he took out as a loan. Moderator: please do not delete comment, there has been an epidemic of contractor ripping off hard working folk in the last 10-15 yrs. there have been tougher laws past to help protect the homeowners against people who lie, cheat and steal from them. My only intent here is to warn my home owning neighbors of people who will harm them because this is certainly an issue and rockland. http://kudzu.com/m/V-J-Mechanical-Corp-22803474 http://mobile.kudzu.com/m/V-J-Mechanical-Corp-22803474 Google: rockland county contractor arrested. See what comes up. Why has this thread been deflected to attack on NYC FF when the subject at hand is GRAND LARCENY? Micheal Glackens, Pearl River NY
AC for Prez January 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM
These criminal/unlicensed contractors haven't figured out how crime pays in NYS. These contractors need to partner with corrupt trial lawyers and buy property to development, and then steal the abutting property when the owners leave for work in the morning. Win-win for these criminals since the trial lawyer investors earn money with legal fees when abutting property owners file complaints ,title insurance is useless in NYS and it is not illegal to steal land in NYS (i.e. apparently tax paid NY law enforcers cannot protect homeowners from becoming victims of land theft in NYS). However, now that the feds made RICO arrests for unlicensed garbage business owners, they might begin arresting these contractors and their investor trial lawyers….both are unlicensed organized racketeers.

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