Liverpool man charged with defrauding customers looking for snow removal service

December 15, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

Did you give money to a man who promised snow removal, but never delivered? The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department wants to hear from you. 

Thomas J. Zackoski, charged with defrauding would-be snow-removal customers. Photo provided by TCSD.Thomas J. Zackoski, charged with defrauding would-be snow-removal customers. Photo provided by TCSD.Sheriff Ken Lansing says Sheriff's Deputies arrested 27-year-old Liverpool resident Thomas J. Zackoski on Monday evening after an investigation into complaints that an individual representing snow removal services signed contracts with area residents, took payment up front, and then never returned to provide the agreed-upon service.

Investigators looking into the complaints identified Zackoski as a suspect, and upon interviewing him, the Sheriff's Department says they determined he had arranged snow-removal contracts under a variety of business names that included SR & LM Specialists, Cortland Lawn & Landscaping, Z’s Snow Removal Services, and Ryder Plowscapes. Officials say the scheme affected consumers in the "Syracuse, Rochester, Cortland, and Utica areas with no service being provided."

Zackoski was arraigned this evening before Judge Clauson in Town of Dryden Court, and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 secured bail.

The Sheriff's Department says the investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending. They ask area residents who signed a contract with any of the aforementioned businesses to contact them via the county dispatch center at 607-272-2444 or the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 607-266-5420.

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