The Saratoga County construction company owner defrauded homebuyers and lenders out of $1 million, spending money on himself or other jobs rather than the homes he promised to build. (iStock)

An upstate construction company owner failed to put a roof over the head of clients. Now he will be stuck staring at the ceiling of a prison cell.

Shawn VanVeghten, 39, of Saratoga Springs was sentenced to 2 ⅓ to 7 years in prison on Wednesday for a $1 million scam to defraud homebuyers and lenders. He also signed judgments putting him on the hook for the $1 million and immediately paid $100,000 in partial restitution, according to the Times Union.

VanVeghten was accused of taking money from customers and either spending it on himself or on other construction jobs rather than build the homes he promised them. Attorney General Letitia James said VanVeghten laundered money through VanVeghten Construction and Union Modular Homes.

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