A Little Egg Harbor contractor who police say took more than $247,000 from residents and did not provide labor in return has been arrested, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Peter Rinaldi, 56, was indicted on charges of theft by deception and theft by failure to make a required disposition of property received. Police put him on their wanted list March 29.
Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Detectives Robert Trainor and Adam Wright, assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force, learned Rinaldi was possibly staying at the Baymont Inn on East White Horse Pike in Galloway Township.
At 3:30 p.m. Friday, detectives found and arrested Rinaldi at the hotel and he was taken to the Ocean County jail, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
Authorities say Rinaldi took checks from people in Ocean County from July 2014 through August of 2016 for proposed construction projects at private residencies and did not provide labor or materials.
Rinaldi’s dealings affected 12 victims, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
Rinaldi operated under the company names Donovan Mark Custom Builders, LLC and Mark Anthony Custom Builders, LLC, officials said.