Former contractor David Morin will spend at least an extra year in jail for blowing off his sentencing earlier this month.
Morin, 53, of Altamont, previously admitted to a pair of grand larceny counts in Albany County Court and was initially to receive between 40 months and 10 years in prison. But when Morin, the owner of the Guilderland-based DWM Kitchens Inc., failed to show for his scheduled sentencing, he violated his plea agreement.
As a result, Judge Stephen Herrick handed Morin a sentence of between four and 14 years in state prison. Herrick also ordered Morin to repay the customers he defrauded, setting his total restitution at $243,937.
Morin’s business specialized in building custom kitchen cabinets and counter tops. From June 2008 through May 2010, he took orders from 22 customers throughout Albany County, but failed to complete any of them, according to authorities.
Morin promised his customers a discount of between 4 percent and 7 percent if they paid him in advance of the work. Prosecutors said Morin took the money and used it for his own personal expenses.
In most cases, Morin’s customers waited with gutted kitchens. The individual larcenies ranged from $2,025 to more than $28,000, according to prosecutors.
Morin also faces charges in Schenectady County. In November, he was indicted on two counts of third-degree grand larceny, but the status of that case could not be determined.