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Contractor charged with cheating youth soccer club of $17K

January 9, 2020 GMT

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut contractor has been charged with failing to reimburse a youth soccer club the $17,000 it paid him for an artificial turf field that he never installed.

Robert Malloy, 45, of South Windsor turned himself in Wednesday on a warrant charging him with second-degree larceny, police said. He was released on $5,000 bond and a promise to appear in court on Jan. 22. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Malloy’s company, Professional Landscape and Design LLC, entered into a contract with the South Windsor Soccer Club in May to install an indoor artificial turf field, police said.

The club paid him $17,000, but he never started the work, and the contract was terminated in August.

The club gave him until the end of November to return the money, but he never did, police said.

Malloy told the club he had to be reimbursed by the manufacturer before he could repay the club, police said.

“We feel a little burned. It’s unfortunate and our kids ultimately paid for it,” club Director of Coaching Bryan Kerachsky told WTIC-TV.