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Unlicensed Post-Sandy Contractor In Toms River Arrested on Theft Charge

Toms River resident was arrested Monday, authorities say

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A contractor who authorities allege took $40,000 from a victim of Superstorm Sandy and failed to complete the work he was hired to do found himself behind bars this week.

David Bauer, 43, of Toms River, is facing a charge of theft by deception, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Al Della Fave said. He was arrested Monday morning by detectives from the prosecutor's office's Economic Crimes Unit.

Bauer is charged with accepting $40,000 and failing to complete renovations he was contracted to make on a Sandy-damaged home in the Ocean Beach section of Toms River, Della Fave said.

The victims in the case claim Bauer began performing repairs on their damaged home in July 2013, but abandoned the project in August 2013 after he accepted the $40,000 payment.

The investigation by the Economic Crimes Unit found that Bauer is not a registered contractor and never pulled any permits for the work done on the house, said Della Fave.

Bauer had been lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $5,000 set by Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski. Bauer was not listed as an inmate on Tuesday morning.
Av June 03, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Oh yeah he's a bum
Heather Krobatsch Kumnick June 03, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Joe you're way off!!
Jim June 03, 2014 at 07:52 PM
I am a contractor in NJ and I never get asked to see my license or even if I have one. Maybe the town code enforcers should be looking for unlicensed contractors and enforce the law that I must abide by. Personally I can not compete with guys who have no insurance or license or even don't pay taxes on the money they make. Consumers should ask for license and insurance before they hire anyone or personally I feel they are partly to blame as well as the unlicensed worker. You should never give a contractor more than 1/3 down payment until at least half the work is done and a 1/3 then and final payment when they are completed. I am a painter and because of all these bad contractors I actually for 20 years now have not taken a dollar till I was completed. Trust works both ways.
Anonymous June 03, 2014 at 08:01 PM
The towns do if you get a permit they asked for a copy of home improvement contractor license
they can do that June 03, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Bail was only 5 grand???????

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