Jersey Shore Contractor Steals $485K From Clients, Abandons Jobs

(Photo courtesy of Jason Rojas/Flickr)
(Photo courtesy of Jason Rojas/Flickr)

  FREEHOLD – A Toms River man has been charged with the theft of over $485,000 from solar installation customers between December 2015 and June of 2016 after accepting payments and ghosting clients, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

  Former CEO of Greenlife Solar LLC, 48-year old Christopher Tzokas, was charged with one count of second degree Theft by Deception and two counts of third degree Theft by Deception for stealing more than $485,000 from a private school, a church and a homeowner.

  Tzokas is facing up to 10 years in state prison on the second degree charge with up to $150,000 in fines, as well as five years on each third degree charge, up to $15,000 in fines each. 

  In June 2017, an investigation found that Tzokas stole $408,331 from a school. Upon further investigation, two more theft victims were discovered. Tzokas allegedly stole approximately $43,493 from a church and $33,468.75 from a homeowner.

  According to the prosecutor’s office, Tzokas would receive initial payment and begin the solar installation project before ultimately abandoning the job and becoming inaccessible and unresponsive to clients

  Tzokas never continued any work and fraudulently spent the payments for his own personal use, Gramiccioni stated.

  Tzokas was charged and arrested on Feb. 1 by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Toms River Police Department.

  Anyone who has information on this case should contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Stephen Borchard at 800-533-7443.