PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) — A Pittsfield construction contractor has been arraigned on 48 indictments and accused of stealing more than $400,000.

Between February 2020 and September 2021, Fred Senter, 40, is accused of accepting down payments from more than 40 victims across five states to build steel structures. Prosecutors said he had no intention of completing the work.

He took on the work as owner of Northern Steel Building and Structure, LLC. He dissolved the business in June 2021 but allegedly continued to collect deposits, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office said.

Officials said Senter scammed people and businesses in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York. Alleged victims include a volunteer fire department, a church, three businesses, and numerous private citizens.

The Grand Jury returned indictments on 30 counts of larceny over $1,200, 12 counts of larceny over
$1,200 from a persons over the age of 60, four counts of larceny under $1,200, and single counts of
operating as an unlicensed home improvement contractor and common and notorious thief.

Senter is being held on $25,000 bail. The investigation is ongoing, and police are looking for any other victims.