A Steuben County man accused of fraud in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has been arrested for allegedly ripping off prospective homeowners in Seneca County.
Brian K. Nogiewich, 55, of Wayne, was charged Monday by Seneca County Sheriff’s Office investigators with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony; first-degree scheme to defraud, a class E felony; and petty larceny, a misdemeanor.
The grand larceny charge stems from an incident in the village of Waterloo, in which Nogiewich allegedly received an $8,000 down payment for the purchase of a home including remodeling work. He is also accused of making false promises to the resident and failing to give a full refund, as promised.
The petty larceny charge stems from an incident in Fayette, in which Nogiewich allegedly received $460 from a town resident for generator parts and labor, but the resident never received the parts or a refund.
The scheme to defraud charge stems from those incidents and others. Sheriff’s office Inv. Jamie Conkey said Nogiewich also received $2,700 from a Geneva resident for the purchase of a home and work, and $1,000 from a Seneca Falls resident for an incident in which Nogiewich never proved work or made refunds.
Conkey said Nogiewich was acting as a middleman for homeowners and home sellers involving federal 2003(k) loans, which help homeowners pay for home repairs and upgrades. He allegedly took money from several people but failed to follow through with remodeling work or the home purchases.
“Basically, all the promises he made and everything he was telling these people was a lie,” Conkey said.
Nogiewich was arraigned in Seneca Falls Town Court and taken to the county jail on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. He is due back in town court Thursday, although his case will eventually be handled in county court.
Conkey said Nogiewich is a contractor who was using an alias, Brian Keith, to people in Seneca County. He was doing business under the name Everlast Builders Remodelers.
Conkey added at the time of his arrest, Nogiewich was facing charges in New Jersey over allegations following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Nogiewich, then living in Toms River, N.J., is accused of taking money for generators after the storm but not delivering them or refunding the money.
Nogiewich was indicted last fall by a New Jersey grand jury for theft of deception and other charges. He was free on $50,000 bail when he was arrested by Seneca County authorities.
Anyone with similar complaints or information on the Seneca County cases is asked to contact Conkey at 220-3443.
“He’s got a long history of scamming,” Conkey said, adding he has been in contact with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.