Contractor sentenced to several years in prison

NORWICH – A Coventry contractor was sentenced to prison Friday after admitting he stole thousands from home improvement projects and then jumped bail while being prosecuted for the crimes.

Joseph N. Wright, 37, of Greene, had pleaded guilty to third degree grand larceny, second degree forgery and second degree bail jumping, all felonies, and was sentenced to four to 12 years in state prison Friday by acting Chenango County Supreme Court Justice Donald Cerio.

“Mr. Wright was one of our local contractors who was in the habit of going to elderly people and taking substantial sums for their money without doing the work,” said District Attorney Joseph McBride.

The DA said two of the victims were 70 and 93 years old. McBride said another victim in the case still had their home exposed to the elements because they couldn’t afford to pay another contractor to complete the work.

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