NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- A Long Island man pleaded guilty on Thursday to scamming an elderly New Rochelle man out of more than $500,000 after claiming he wanted to bring the victim on as a partner in a roofing business, according to a Westchester County District Attorney Release.
Anthony Delmaro, 42, owns various roofing businesses and in 2005 met the victim, an elderly semi-retired graphic designer who resided in his New Rochelle home with his sister, when he made roofing repairs to the victim’s home.
Delmaro convinced the victim that he wanted to bring him in as a partner in his roofing business. Delmaro convinced the victim to write numerous checks payable to his business on the pretext that the defendant would merely show these checks to potential customers as proof that defendant had funds to cover the purchase of supplies for new projects.
The victim wrote cash advance checks on his credit card accounts.
When the victim had amassed credit card cash advance balances in excess of $80,000, the victim attempted to obtain a mortgage on his property in that amount to pay off his high interest credit card balances.
Delmaro and a co-defendant, Claude Naracci, also of Long Island, who owned a check cashing business in Connecticut, used this as an opportunity to steal the equity in the victim’s home.
Delmaro pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny. He will be sentenced on May 8 and faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison.
Delmaro also faces additional criminal charges in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long island.