An East Rockaway man was arrested and charged with grand larceny after police said that he conned 89-year-old male twins out of $200,0000 for what he said were “processing, transaction, and restocking fees” for repair work that was never done on their driveway.
Scranton Avenue resident Robert Cohan, 26, was arrested on May 31 in Seaford, according to the Nassau County Crimes Against Property Squad.
Detectives said that in November 2012, Cohan solicited the men to do repair work on the driveway of their Day Street residence. They gave him approximately $ 1,4000 to begin the work. In December, the victims informed Cohan that they wanted to cancel the work and get their money back because of the cold weather. Police said that Cohan led the victims to believe that in order to receive a refund, they would have to incur fees. The victims paid in excess of $ 200,000. Detectives arrested Cohan without incident at the Day Street residence. He was charged with two counts of Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, Scheme to Defraud 1ST Degree, and not having the required contractors license. He was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on June 1.