The owner of a construction company has been charged with theft after taking about $75,000 of clients' money for personal use, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced. 

Darin Smith, 45, of Whiting in Manchester Township, was arrested Wednesday after being indicted Sept. 27. The indictment alleged Smith's contracting company, Heritage Construction Enterprises Corp., entered into contracts with four separate homeowners to repair houses damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Coronato said the homes are located in Long Branch, Ship Bottom, Tuckerton and Toms River. Smith allegedly took the homeowners' money for personal use and failed to make payments toward the renovation projects, according to the indictment. 

Anyone with further information about Smith or Heritage Construction can call the Prosecutor's Office at 732-929-2027.

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