Somerset Landscaper Indicted for Stealing From Customers
BROCKTON — A Somerset man has been indicted on multiple larceny and other counts after allegedly stealing around $100,000 from his customers, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.
On Friday, a Plymouth County grand jury indicted 36-year-old Eli Rego with larceny by false pretense, larceny of more than $1,200, identity fraud, failure to provide workers' compensation, money laundering, witness intimidation, tax evasion, and other charges.
Rego is the owner of Atlantis Concrete Construction, LLC based out of 950 County Street in Somerset.
The D.A.'s office said the charges stem from a monthslong investigation into claims that Rego allegedly operated a fraudulent landscaping business and stole "considerable amounts of money" from customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Rego allegedly made a number of false claims about his landscaping expertise and background, and failed to complete projects on time, instead extending them to gain more money from his customers, according to the office.
He also allegedly gave customers fake references and told them he needed more payments for building materials he never ordered.
Most of the alleged offenses for which Rego is being indicted took place in 2020 and 2021.
After adding up the alleged thefts, the D.A.'s office noted, Rego is thought to have taken around $100,000 from his customers.
The office stated that in February 2021, Rego allegedly pretended to represent the Wareham-based Atlantic Concrete Construction LLC, which is very similar in name to Atlantis, the name of his Somerset-based company.
Under the pretense, the D.A.'s office alleges, he victimized several Hingham residents by accepting $31,000 to build a new seawall on Kimball Beach Road in Hingham, but never began work on the project.
Instead he claimed the town of Hingham was blocking his efforts to start construction, but allegedly used the stolen funds for his own purposes.
The D.A.'s office stated that Rego took customers' money to use for luxury items and vacations.
According to the office, Rego's alleged victims include people in Westport, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Freetown, Whitman, Foxboro, Wareham, Acushnet, Rehoboth, Swansea, Somerset, Onset, Buzzards Bay, Plymouth, Fairhaven, Middleboro, Taunton, West and East Bridgewater, and other Massachusetts communities.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who feels they may have been victimized by Rego is encouraged to contact their local police department.