After almost 10 years and $1 million scammed across the country, Harrison police arrested three suspects this past week for an alleged gypsy contracting scheme, after the trio bilked a Harrison couple.
Anthony Delmaro, Ruby Ste-venson and Geno Delmaro w-ere charged with grand larceny, conspiracy and larceny, respectively. The suspects were arrested by the Harrison Police Department in Yonkers on Nov. 12. Anthony Delmaro remains in Westchester County Jail without bail, while Stevenson and Geno Delmaro were released on $10,000 bail each. Other charges are pending. Anthony Delmaro will be arraigned by the Westchester District Attorney’s office later this week on a larceny charge of $1 million.
Leading the investigation af-ter a local elderly couple w-as scammed out of the cost of ho-me improvement work, Harrison Po-lice determined Anthony De-lmaro and his family spent the past 10 years traveling state-to-state performing the contracting scam on citizens nationwide.
“They’re wanted throughout the country on numerous warrants,” Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said. “The-se people came into town and they scammed $5,000 from an elderly couple in downtown Ha-rrison for work they promised to do on their house. Apparently this is common practice for this group.”
According to police, Anthony Delmaro would send out faxes en masse to potential customers and lure them in with the prospect of home improvement work. He would then give estimates and collect payment in advance, and ultimately never finish or do the agreed upon work. An investigation began after the Harrison couple reported the scam to police.
“Victimizing elderly people is a serious crime,” Marraccini said. “We take these issues very seriously, as we do all crimes. We put resources into it that other communities may not have to see that these people were brought to justice.”
Search warrants by the Har-rison Police Department w-ere also executed on the Delmaro’s Long Island home in Lindehurst, and on several vehicles owned by Anthony and Geno Delmaro.
Gypsy scams often involve the use of many fake identities and traveling from place-to-place to avoid detection. The Delmaros maintained numerous aliases during their 10-year spree, traveling from Texas to New York, according to police.
Marraccini urged others to reach out to the Harrison Police Department if they were victims of the Delmaros. The Harrison Police Department is located at 650 North St. and can be reached at 914-967-5111.
Kieran O’Leary, a spokesman for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, could not be reached for comment as of press time.
-Reporting by Phil Nobile