New Hartford man accused of accepting money for tree removal he never performed

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A New Hartford man has been charged after authorities say he accepted money for a tree removal that he never performed.

According to Investigator Matthew Sica of the New Hartford Police Department, in April 2011, John W. Feketa, 45, was running a Tree and Excavation business and solicited a New Hartford resident to have thirteen trees removed from her property.

Police said the property owner paid Feketa over $3,000 for the job, but Feketa never returned to complete any of the work agreed upon.

In August 2011, an Arrest Warrant was issued for Feketa by the Town Of New Hartford Court and he was subsequently arrested on April 3, 2012 and charged with third-degree grand larceny.

He was arraigned in the Town Of New Hartford Court and sent back to the Oneida Count Jail where police said he was currently incarcerated on separate charges.

He is due back in court at a later date.

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