Marshfield contractor pleads guilty to stealing nearly $40,000 from client, vendors


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By Patriot Ledger Staff

July 30, 2018

PLYMOUTH — A Marshfield general contractor was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to repay nearly $40,000 after he pleaded guilty to charges that he stole from a client and didn’t pay two of his vendors, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz announced Monday.

Donald S. McNeil, 48 of Marshfield pleaded guilty to three counts of larceny over $250 and two counts of larceny by check over $250 on Friday in Plymouth District Court.

Prosecutors say McNeil, who owns the Marshfield-based construction company M&M Contstruction Inc., took $31,050 in payments intended for materials to begin a $75,000 addition on a Bridgewater home, but never the homeowner never received any materials and no work was ever completed on the project. The homeowner contacted Bridgewater police in September 2017.

The other two victims were vendors hired by McNeil. He owed a surveyor $1,000 and a building material supplier $7,500. McNeil cut checks to both men that were returned for insufficient funds. The men both contacted police after unsuccessfully trying to contact McNeil for payment.

After pleading guilty last week, Judge Michael Vitali sentenced McNeil to 18 months of probation and ordered a restitution hearing to determine the amount he owes each victim — estimated to be $39,550. McNeil was also ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victims, surrender his general contractors license and not work as a contractor during his probation period.


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