A Litchfield man has been arrested on felony charges after he allegedly received more than $55,000 to repair a woman’s camp damaged in a wind storm last October yet completed little of the work he had promised.

A large tree fell on the woman’s Litchfield camp during the storm, damaging its roof and making the structure uninhabitable, according to a news release from Lt. Chris Read, of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

The camp’s owner hired Antonio Giandrea, 47, to make the necessary repairs. But police allege he didn’t come close to completing that work despite the owner writing more than $55,000 in checks between November and March.

“To date very little work (has) been done on the camp,” Read said.

Giandrea has been charged with theft by deception, a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine. He also has been charged with forgery, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. His bail was set at $2,500 cash.

Police think that other homeowners might have been deceived by Giandrea, Read said, and are asking any potential victims to contact Deputy John Bourque at 623-3614, ext. 1311.

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