A 48-year-old Bohemia man was arrested on a felony charge after police say he submitted a forged village permit to the Village of Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals
On Wednesday, November 18, Patrick G. Bentivegna surrendered himself to the Sag Harbor Village Police Department following an investigation which police said revealed that the Bohemia resident had submitted a forged village permit to the zoning board of appeals for a house under construction on Dartmouth Road, in order to obtain a variance.
Police said the permit was identified as a forgery by Building Inspector Thomas Preiato, who notified police. Mr. Bentivegna, the owner of Benco Construction, was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the second degree, a class D felony.
According to police, Mr. Bentivegna was hired to construct a second-floor deck and reconstruct a pre-existing deck on the ground floor of a Dartmouth Road residence. According to Mr. Preiato, a stop-work order was issued for the project on June 10, for failure to obtain a building permit. The homeowner hired an attorney to apply for a variance for the new deck with the zoning board of appeals, said police, with that attorney filing paperwork obtained by Mr. Bentivegna, including a village permit, with that board in July. The attorney, Brian DeSesa, presented the building permit at a October 20 zoning board of appeals meeting, arguing that the permit was issued in error due to the fact his client had received a stop-work order, said police. When the building department investigated the issue, said police, they determined that the building permit was one issued to a separate project on West Water Street that Mr. Bentivegna was the contractor on.
After turning himself into police, Mr. Bentivegna was arraigned via teleconference at Sag Harbor Village Court by Judge Lisa Rana and will appear at a later date.
On Friday, Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Austin J. McGuire said Mr. Bentivegna has a prior arrest out of East Hampton Town for the same offense.