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Former contractor sentenced 3 to 9 years in prison

ALBANY - A contractor who stole thousands of dollars by taking on contractor jobs, and not finishing the work learned his sentence on Friday.

Prosecutors say that Robert Decker, 60, took money from homeowners, started demolition work, then walked away from jobs, also filing exemption from workers' compensation coverage and presented forged certificates of liability insurance to several homeowners.

Decker pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court back in May.

Decker was sentenced to prison terms of one to three years each for his crimes of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, with each term to run consecutively

The Judge also sentenced Decker to 1 1/3 to four years in prison for the crime of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, with that sentence to run concurrently with the other prison sentences.

Decker will also face a restitution hearing in October 9, 2014 to determine the amount that Decker must repay his victims.
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