ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Monroe County Supreme Court has ordered a Rochester-based home improvement contracting business to pay $52,501 in restitution and $50,150 in penalties for defrauding customers.
According to the New York Attorney General's Office, during a four-year period, A-S Contracting and its operators, Alvis Sprague and Sarah Crawford, received payments from customers for home improvement projects that were either not done or completed in an unprofessional, shoddy manner. The company also promised to refund customers but never paid the funds back, the Attorney General's Office said.
“Consumers deserve the services for which they pay," New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement. "The court order we secured will ensure consumers get the restitution they deserve, while permanently banning these scammers from the home improvement contracting business in New York. We will continue to hold accountable those who try to deceive New Yorkers.”
The court order also bans Sprague and Crawford from working in the contracting business in New York state and a permanent injunction banning Sprague and Crawford from taking deposits for any kind of work without posting a $100,000 bond, according to Underwood's office.