How The Forum covered Troiano’s arrest back in December 2015.
By Michael V. Cusenza
A crooked Long Island contractor has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for bilking three Rockaway families – whose homes were destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 – out of more than $170,000 after they hired him to build new houses between July 2013 and June 2014, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Friday.
Andrew Troiano, 56, pleaded guilty in September 2017 to multiple counts of second- and third-degree grand larceny. Troiano, who is originally from Lake Grove, L.I., but his last known residence was a trailer in Lititz, Penn., was arrested in December 2015, and later arraigned on a 13-count indictment back in September 2016.
According to charging documents, Troiano owned and operated Alt Design Construction and Consulting Inc. On July 19, 2013, a family that resided on Fulton Walk in Breezy Point hired Troiano to build a new home on their property. In April 2014, the concrete foundation was poured and the property owners received a bill for $58,500. The couple indicated that they submitted a check to Alt Design in that amount on April 27, 2014. Troiano hired a second subcontractor to do the foundation work and did not pay them for the completed foundation.
According to the indictment, following Sandy’s destruction of their Graham Place house, a Breezy Point couple entered into a contract with Troiano to build a modular home on their property and payment was due upon completion of certain work. In March 2014, the couple received an invoice for $63,750 for the concrete foundation and paid Troiano the amount owed. Troiano, who again hired a contractor to pour the cement, did not pay the company the full amount owed.
And on Jan. 27, 2014, Troiano entered into contract with a third couple who lived on Hillside Avenue in Rockaway Point. Troiano was hired to erect a modular home on the couple’s property and the two made payments of $30,000 and $15,975. Troiano contacted the couple after their initial payments and stated he could rush construction of their home if they forked over more money up front. The pair paid an additional $55,000 on June 26. However, the firm slated to design the new home was never paid and drawings were never created. The couple was also billed for soil test, foundation design, wetland study and other pre-construction requirements and paid $7,150 on April 25, 2014, to cover those bills, according to the charges.
A forensic review of Alt Design’s bank records revealed that more than $170,000 was received from the three homeowners and credited to Troiano’s account, but no payments were ever made to the subcontractors, including more than $49,000 owed to Malbro Construction. The money was used by Troiano and the company for unrelated matters, including cash withdrawals totaling more than $8,000, payments for unrelated jobs, payments to attorneys, Cablevision, Verizon Wireless, Goodyear Auto and purchases at various liquor stores and restaurants.
Brown blasted Troiano for ripping off “people who had already had their lives destroyed by a natural disaster.”