Sheriff Lansing reports that on 12/15/2014 at about 7:30 pm, members from Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas J. Zackoski, age 27 of Liverpool for Scheme to Defraud in the Second Degree, a class A Misdemeanor.
The Arrest stems from an ongoing investigation of reports filed with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Dryden Police Department of an individual representing a snow removal company who signed contracts with local residents, taking payment upfront and then never returning to do snow removal as agreed upon. During the investigation, Zackoski was identified as a suspect in this scheme to defraud. Upon Investigators locating Zackoski and interviewing him they learned that he had completed similar snow removal contracts in the Syracuse, Rochester, Cortland and Utica Areas with no service being provided. Some of the business names used by Zackoski include SR & LM Specialists, Cortland Lawn & Landscaping, Z’s Snow Removal Services, and Ryder Plowscapes.
Zackoski was taken before Judge Clauson of the Town of Dryden Court where he was arraigned. Zackoski has been remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 secured bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Tompkins County Residents are urged to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office or the 911 Communications Center to file a report if they signed a contract with any of the aforementioned businesses.