Contractor accused of stealing $5000 from Kinderhook resident


Kinderhook, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that a Rome, New York man was arrested on a warrant for collecting money for work he never did.

On November 29, 2018, a Kinderhook resident met with Investigator Kris Bauhoff to report the larceny of $4,865.00. The investigation revealed that the victim paid the contractor a lump sum in March of 2018 to complete a project at his residence. The work paid for consisted of installing a back-up generator; however, the defendant collected the money and never started any work.

A warrant was obtained from Kinderhook Town Court and Investigator Bauhoff contacted the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division, who located the defendant in Rome. He was taken into custody and transported back to Columbia County by Deputies.

Kenneth S. Brown, 53, of Rome NY, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (Class D Felony). He was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court before the Honorable Judge Lisa Mills and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 bail or $250 bond. He is scheduled to appear back in court on March 26, 2019.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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