You will have to sue in small claims (if this is under the small claims amount). That said, this will likely give you nothing. If he is fraud getting a judgment will mean little other than having a judgment on record. You still have to collect and you may get nothing.
Sorry about the problems. Contact the local court about small claims and see if you want to pursue that but understand you may never get a penny back.
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It is disappointing that the police won't make an arrest. Try the District Attorney's Office. You can sue in small claims court and win - assuming you know where to serve him - but will then have to collect a judgment.
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It is surprising and disappointing that the police will not investigate. I would also try the district attorney, contact your local media (newspaper/television channel) and see if they will run a story on this. There are investigative reporters interested in these types of issues and if these becomes more public, the police may eventually investigate.
As for the money you lost, I would sue the contractor for it. I would be floored if you did not get a judgment in your favor based on the facts you gave us above.
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