BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – You would have thought George Anna had learned his lesson last year, when he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for shortchanging his customers, in violation of a court order.
Now the Attorney General is asking a state judge to give the local home improvement contractor even more jail time, after receiving new complaints against Anna following his release from custody.
This is Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s third try in four years to keep George Anna in line.
In 2012, after receiving a deluge of consumer complaints, Schneiderman took Anna to State Supreme Court, resulting in Anna signing a formal agreement to refrain from ripping customers off.
The Buffalo roofer also agreed to post a performance bond before taking another dime from consumers. But when the complaints resumed, last year, a state judge found Anna in contempt of court and sentenced him to 90 days in jail.
Dan Allgeier contacted Call 4 Action three weeks ago, after George Anna took his money to replace the roof on his Cheektowaga home, and after tearing the old roof off, Allgeier only saw Anna one more time.
“He put on this Teflon stuff–it is ‘plasticky’–I don’t even know what it is called,” said Allgeier, “and then he left again, and never came back.”
With George Anna out of the picture, Allgeier eventually had to hire another contractor to finish the roof.
“My wife and I called him many, many times, with no return phone calls.”
Assistant Attorney General James Morrissey filed the new contempt motion, Wednesday, which is very similar to the papers he filed last year that led to Anna’s jail sentence.
“He went out and started ripping off consumers again,” Morrissey told News 4 on July 17, 2014. “The very behavior that we initially went after him for, he was doing it again.”
Even Anna’s own defense lawyer, Dan Grasso, at his sentencing last year, conceded his client’s skills at doing manual labor–like screwing in a light bulb–were deficient.
“I have advised him, in the strongest of possible terms, Judge, that if a light bulb needs to be replaced in his house, his wife ought to contact somebody else–not him.”
Dan Allgeier is among the 6 new customers who filed complaints against George Anna. The latest motion filed in court accuses Anna of 18 separate violations of that 2012 court order, which if confirmed, the violations carry a maximum penalty of 30 days each, or about a year-and-a-half, total.
George Anna is due back in State Supreme Court on September 22.