The owner of a Syracuse, New York-based home improvement company is once again under the microscope of the New York State Attorney General’s Office for alleged contempt of court, according to an Oct. 27, 2017 press release. The owner of the company – which was operating under the name “Under Construction” after a 2014 run-in with authorities over failing to deliver on past customer projects – could face jail time, steep fines and permanent disbarment come the culmination of this investigation.
Authorities say that the recent civil and criminal charges stem from the fact that the owner was again failing to perform or complete work, offering “defective” construction services, not responding to customer complaints and failing to live up to contracts despite being paid for his services. These allegations are similar to what the company was accused of in 2014, authorities said, but the name of the company was simply and deceptively changed from “Enriched Homes” and “Construction and Onpointe Contracting” and the sub-par practices continued.
According to New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the owner of the home improvement contracting company has been banned from working until a $25,000 bond is posted and he starts complying with state law. To New York-based lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin, this type of shady business practice is what’s at the heart of consumer rights’ cases. When a homeowner hires a company and a contract is drafted, there are expectations on both sides. In short of those expectations being met, the best recourse can often be hiring a skilled and local attorney who knows the laws that are on the books. According to the press release, Schneiderman is ready to throw the book – so to speak – at the contracting company owner.
“My office has zero tolerance for crooked home improvement contractors who exploit New York homeowners for profit,” said Schneiderman. “Those who violate court orders should take notice: my office is committed to aggressively prosecuting businesses that defraud New Yorkers, and we will hold them accountable for their unscrupulous actions.”
In this case, Schneiderman asks those who think that they were defrauded by the construction company to contact his office. Lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin says that in a case like this, where state-level authorities are considering legal action against a defendant, it would be wise to reach out. However, there will be times when it’s your word against someone else and you need a rock-solid case to prove your point. That’s when a consumer rights’ professional like lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin can help. Mr. Benjamin has taken on deceptive practice cases in the past and obtained favorable landmark verdicts in court following jury trials. For those who feel like the services promised weren’t the ones they received, it may be time to reach out to someone like lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin.