Roofer gets 3 to 9 years for charges

FONDA-A roofer from Fonda who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from homeowners was sentenced to three to nine years in prison.

According to a news release from New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Robert Decker, 60, of Fonda was sentenced to the prison time for third degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Judge Felix Catena of Montgomery County Court on Thursday sentenced Decker to one to three years in prison, after Decker pleaded guilty in April to possessing a forged instrument. Judge Jerry Scarano of Saratoga County Court sentenced Decker on Friday to one to three years each for his other crimes, with the suggestion he serve his time consecutively.

According to the release, Decker pleaded guilty to taking money from homeowners for roof repairs and then failing to complete the work from April 2011 through December 2013. Despite being prohibited from working as a home improvement contractor in 2003, Decker told customers throughout the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley that his company, A+ Rated Contracting, was fully insured, the release said.

Decker admitted that as part of his scheme, he stole $5,000 last summer from a Malta homeowner who had hired him to replace a roof. Decker never deposited the money into the required escrow account, did no work and refused to refund any of the money, authorities said.

Decker also admitted he stole nearly $1,000 from a Saratoga Springs homeowner in 2012.