New York City, NY

Long Island-based Contractor Stole Millions In Hurricane Sandy Funds

Abdul Ghani

According to an indictment, a contractor from Long Island is suspected of stealing millions from Hurricane Sandy victims and utilizing the money for personal purchases, particularly a number of luxury cars.
Lady Liberty Statute NYC.Photo byJeromeonUnsplash

Breon Peace, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, claims that Alexander Almaraz, 55, allegedly stole $2.5 million from at least 20 victims after Superstorm Sandy hit the New York City region in October 2012.

The Owner of Design Concepts Group LLC Accused To Commit Wire Fraud

The owner of Design Concepts Group LLC in Freeport, Almaraz, is accused of conspiring to commit wire fraud as well as actual and attempted wire fraud. Almaraz signed agreements with homes that wanted to rehabilitate after the disaster.

Homes would be lifted by the contractor and placed on a makeshift support system so that broken foundations could be replaced without having to demolish the building.

Customers paid Almaraz $2.5 million between October 2015 and June 2019 after receiving funds from the state's New York Rising program, according to authorities.

The Contractor Used The Stole Money To Buy Luxury Items

According to the prosecution, the contractor allegedly stole the funds and used them to pay his own credit card debt, purchase a Lamborghini, a Porsche, a Jaguar, and a piece of land in Missouri.

Nassau District Attorney Anne Donnelly stated in a statement that the contractor "supposedly promised victims for nearly four years that he would fix their homes, yet he utilized disaster relief money to buy luxury sports vehicles and property in another state." If found guilty of each allegation, Almaraz could spend up to 30 years in jail.

Support the Creator, Support Journalism

Your Support Can Help Us Bring More Investigative and Quality Content For You. Our Journalism Needs Your Support!

Comments / 2

Published by

Member Of Freelancers Union (USA), Freelance Writer!, and Digital Creator. Ghani Mengal is an enthusiast Freelance blogger and digital marketer. His content has been published and featured on many popular blogs, websites, and publications. Including TeelFeed,, Data-Driven Investor, TextSniper, Scientific Publication The Predict, The Startup, The Ascent, Heart Affairs, Illumination, And The List goes on.


More from Abdul Ghani

Comments / 0