SWANSEA (WBSM) — Swansea Police are asking victims to come forward after recently charging an unlicensed contractor with theft and other offenses.

Thomas Furtado, 53, of Taunton was issued a summons and charged with larceny over $1,200, home improvement contractor violation, and being an unlicensed home improvement contractor.

According to authorities, a Swansea homeowner filed a report in February with Swansea Police stating that in September 2023, they agreed to have Furtado renovate their house.

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Between September and November, the homeowner gave Furtado three checks totaling $25,000. The work was never started, so the homeowner filed a police report after numerous attempts to begin.

Following an investigation, police determined that Furtado did not have a valid Home Improvement Contractor License.

As a result, Furtado was issued a summons to appear in court.

Furtado was arraigned in Fall River District Court on Wednesday, April 3 and ordered held on $15,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for May 3.

Any Swansea residents who believe they may have been a victim of Furtado are asked to contact Det. Sgt. Jonathan Boyd at (508) 674-8464 ext.147 or jonathan.boyd@swanseapolice.com.

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