WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A local domestic improvement contractor busted via the New York State Attorney General’s Office earlier this week for defrauding clients has been banned from doing any contracting paintings inside the future.
But News10NBC has discovered that equal contractor has left out the very same ban within the past.
Frank Arena Jr. Co-owned Decks via Design.
Earlier this week, the organisation settled with the New York State Attorney General’s Office which claimed Arena defrauded consumers with the aid of receiving complete or partial payments for home improvement initiatives but failing to perform any work. The work that became completed become regularly shoddy.
The order bars Arena from ever owning or running any domestic development enterprise in New York and calls for he pay $25,000 in penalties.
Back in 2010, Wayne Miller hired Arena to build a deck on his home in Webster.
The $6,000 assignment in the end were given completed and Miller was glad with the work but then, “about 3 weeks later, I get a lien word from eighty four Lumber and I move, ‘oh boy… What is this?’ They stated, ‘you owe all this cash, the contractor did not pay us for some of the substances,'” recollects Miller.
Miller says he known as Arena who insisted he paid, so then he called the provider.
“They say, he gave us a check and it bounced, he says on pinnacle of that, he owes for 2 other initiatives… I move, ‘okay right here we move,'” says Miller.
That’s while Miller started doing a little digging and determined that Arena had a number of tremendous judgments towards him and changed into doing commercial enterprise underneath a half of-dozen names which include All-Pro Decks, All Pro and Frank Arena Home Improvement.
“I figured I would take it to small claims court docket however it’s no longer well worth my time and possibilities are after looking at the fellow’s file, I’ll never get reimbursed,” remembers Miller.
He allow it move however earlier this week, he saw a News10NBC story about Decks by way of Design.
“When I heard it at the information, I cross… Hmmm.. He is at it once more,” he says.
Arena in no way need to were at it again.
Court office work from 2008 suggests that Arena agreed to a settlement with then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office which very simply permanently bans him from engaging inside the home improvement contracting enterprise in New York nation.
The kingdom says he hasn’t paid restitution to people who had been ripped off again then that’s why the NYS Attorney General’s Office currently filed a motion to maintain Arena in criminal and civil contempt.
Arena has pleaded responsible to that fee and came up with $4,000 to start paying sufferers again. He’s required to make payments month-to-month or he should face a 12 months in jail whilst he is sentenced in September.
News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke has tried to reach Arena with the aid of phone and on social media several instances during the last few days, however the messages have now not been returned.
If you are looking to hire a contractor, you need to do your homework:
Get at the least three bids.
Do a historical past take a look at, like checking the Better Business Bureau.
Ask for proof of insurance.
Get a written contract. The Better Contractors Bureau has provided an instance of what it ought to seem like.
Never pay complete fee up the front. The BBB shows pay a 3rd up the front, a third in the center, and a 3rd at completion.
Report problems to the BBB, the New York State Attorney General’s Office or the Better Contractors Bureau.