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Astoria man charged with home improvement fraud in Connecticut

Extradited over the weekend

By John Nickerson

Stamford Advocate

Published on September 12, 2017 7:18AM

John Mech

Stamford Police

John Mech

STAMFORD, Conn. — An Astoria man was extradited from Oregon over the weekend for allegedly collecting deposits from three Stamford residents in 2013 and fleeing without performing any work.

John Mech, 56, was charged with three counts each of third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny and impersonating a licensed home contractor. At his arraignment at the Stamford courthouse Monday afternoon, Judge Richard Comerford ordered that he be held in lieu of a $50,000 court appearance bond.

While arrest warrants for Mech have been pending since 2014, a recent brush with the law in Oregon for a salmon fishing violation revealed Mech was wanted in Connecticut and he was held by authorities until he could be extradited. Mech has no criminal record.

Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Steven Weiss said Mech also has pending arrest warrants in Monroe, Westport and Trumbull for similar activity.

Weiss said the high bond was needed because Mech’s “exposure was somewhat serious.”

Stamford Property Crimes Sgt. Sean Scanlan said the ripoffs to the Stamford homeowners occurred in March, April and September of 2013. During each of those incidents Mech took over $2,000 from each homeowner, Scanlan said.


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