Builder bust: 68 NJ home improvement contractors cited for $ 1.3M
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TRENTON — More than five dozen home improvement contractors have been cited for violations totaling more than $ 1.3 million for everything from operating without a proper registration to abandoning pre-paid jobs without completing the work, state authorities said today.

As part of the action, the state Division of Consumer Affairs is seeking more than $ 1 million in restitution for customers in amounts ranging from $ 378 to $ 185,000, in addition to $ 276,250 in civil penalties for violations such as operating with a state registration.

“When contractors fail to comply with the law, or the terms of their contracts, consumers can be left with costs in the tens of thousands of dollars and a house full of unfinished improvements,” Steve Lee, acting director of the division, said.

More than 1,400 complaints about home improvement contractors were logged in New Jersey in 2012, the most of any category tracked by state officials. State law requires that contractors be registered and carry at least $ 500,000 in liability insurance.


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Home improvement contractor gets 90 days for “ripping off” customers
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – George Anna’s customers say he could talk a good game, but his home improvement work was shoddy, and now he is paying the price.

Even Anna’s own defense lawyer admitted in State Supreme Court, the Cheektowaga contractor is not very good at his craft, but Anna has thumbed his nose at authorities and his own customers for years, and now he is paying the price.

Supreme Court Justice John O’Donnell sentenced Anna to 90 days in jail for criminal contempt of court, after Anna pled guilty to violating a 2012 court order back in 2012.

Vince Folga of Buffalo was one of Anna’s victims, and considered him a friend, “I was gullible because I knew him for such a long time.”

Folga hired George Anna to fix the roof of his daughter’s house in Black Rock, but even a 30-year friendship was no cure for Anna’s shoddy workmanship.

“He went up there, he says ‘yes I can do it all, it will cost you $ 1200.’ I gave him $ 1200, he went up there one day, ripped the roof apart, left it in shambles, never came back.”

Folga also referred Mark Weatherbee of Kenmore to Anna, and he got stung, too. Weatherbee was not as critical of Anna’s work as the contractor’s work ethic, “We all lost money from this guy, who could have just as easily did the job, if he would…………… continues on wivb.com

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