On November 1, 2020, State Police arrested 38-year-old Michael A. Lafrance of Altona following an investigation initiated on January 27, 2020. Lafrance was hired to re-shingle a roof on a residence in Ellenburg Depot in May 2019. The homeowner signed a contract and gave Lafrance money up front for the work to be completed. Lafrance began the project then failed to complete the work, leaving the roof open to the elements which caused damage to the interior of the residence.
Further investigation revealed that similar incidents occurred to three other homeowners in the towns of Jay and Altona. Lafrance began work, received money up front, and then failed to complete the job, leaving these three other homes damaged and exposed to the elements. A warrant was issued for his arrest by the Clinton County Court for three counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree and one count of Scheme to Defraud 1st degree. Lafrance has been remanded to the Clinton County Jail.
Lafrance operates under the name Cornerstone Contracting. If anyone has information about this investigation or believes they have been a victim, they are asked to contact the New York State Police at (518) 873-2750.