07/08/2015 04:26 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 05:59 EDT

Contractor charged after elderly woman pays for work that is never completed

Police have arrested and charged a 66-year-old Toronto man for allegedly defrauding people of thousands of dollars for contract work agreements that were never fulfilled.

Authorities say Matteo De-Paola has been charged with fraud over $5,000. He allegedly requested large deposits for paving and renovation services that didn't take place.

A 77-year-old victim paid De-Paola $25,000 to renovate her home between June 2012 and May 2015, but he never did the work. Police say he targets the elderly in Italian communities, demands additional money for materials he doesn't buy and fails to do any work he is paid to complete.

He operates under several different business entities, including: Paveland Paving Inc., M. De Paola General Contractor Paving and A&M De Paola General Contractor Paving.

Police suspect there may other victims who are encouraged to contact authorities by reaching Det. Const. Erwin Mendoza at 416-808-3189 or Det. Conste Jennifer Rae at 416-808-3107, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at