Ralph D'Arinzio, 48, of Stamford, was charged with second-degree larceny around 8:35 p.m. Tuesday following investigation of a home repair complaint by a homeowner who hired him to repair fire damage to an Oldfield Road house.

D'Arinzio failed to complete the work -- initially estimated at $73,000 -- and also called his customer's insurance company in an effort to get funds released directly to him, police said.

D'Arinzio also failed to return most of the customer's phone calls; did not provide a plan specifying repairs; did not order supplies that he claimed he had ordered; did not finish wiring work, and failed to provide a materials list, police said.

"He tried to scam her every possible way he could," said Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, a Fairfield police spokeswoman.

D'Arinzio, whose contractor's license has expired, met the victim near her workplace in Stamford, police said.

He was released on a promise to appear Nov. 10 in Bridgeport Superior Court.