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Contractor sentenced for theft from Superstorm Sandy victims

March 26, 2019

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A home contractor who stole nearly a quarter-million dollars from eight superstorm Sandy victims has been sentenced to five years in state prison.

Ocean County prosecutors say Peter Rinaldi must also pay $247,224.63 in restitution under the sentence imposed Friday.

The 57-year-old Little Egg Harbor man had pleaded guilty in February to theft by failure to make required disposition of property received. Prosecutors say he agreed to repair homes in four towns between July 2014 and August 2016 but never completed the work.

Rinaldi had previously pleaded guilty to a separate theft charge involving a homeowner from Brick. He was sentenced to three years in prison for that theft count and ordered to pay $34,475 in restitution.

Rinaldi owned Donovan Mark Custom Builders, LLC and Michael Anthony Custom Builders, LLC.