TOMS RIVER — A contractor was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for his role in stealing more than $247,000 from homeowners for repairs after Hurricane Sandy, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Peter Rinaldi, 57, of Little Egg Harbor Township, pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to stealing $247,224.63 from eight homeowners who entered into contracts between 2014 and 2016 with Donovan Mark Custom Builders LLC and Michael Anthony Custom Builders. Rinaldi owned both companies, prosecutors said, and did not do the work for which he accepted payment.

Rinaldi will have to pay restitution, in full, to the homeowners victimized. Their houses were in Little Egg Harbor, Toms River, Ship Bottom and Point Pleasant.

Rinaldi also was sentenced to three years in prison and forced to pay restitution of $34,475 to a Brick Township homeowner on a separate charge of third-degree theft.

— Colt Shaw

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I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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