- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) - A contractor has denied charges he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from customers and subcontractors on Cape Cod.

The Cape Cod Times reports (https://bit.ly/29VRLBu ) Nicholas Willoughby pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of larceny over $250 and related crimes.

The 34-year-old Sandwich man is implicated in seven open cases in Orleans District Court. Willoughby was arrested July 7 in Alma, Arkansas, and extradited to Massachusetts.

Willoughby’s public defender, Henry Curtis, says Willoughby didn’t flee the state but took an “extended vacation.” Curtis says some charges were a result of Willoughby not showing up for jobs following his arrest.

Willoughby was convicted in January 2010 of larceny related to masonry work on Martha’s Vineyard.

Willoughby was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. He’s due back in court Aug. 3.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodtimes.com

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