BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – For the second time in a year, George Anna, a Western New York home improvement contractor, is going to jail.
In July, 2014 Anna was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating a court order obtained by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman barring Anna from the home improvement business unless he first posted a $100,000 performance bond. The Attorney General proved that, time and time again, Anna took money from consumers and failed to provide the home improvement services for which he had been paid.
“When Western New Yorkers hire a home improvement contractor, they expect the contractor to keep their end of the bargain,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.
In May of 2015, Attorney General Schneiderman’s office learned that Anna was holding himself out as a home improvement contractor, despite never having posted the bond. An investigation by the Attorney General showed that, despite the court order, Anna again was taking money for home improvements, but not providing the services – the very conduct that led to the court order in the first place.
In August 2015, Attorney General Schneiderman’s office learned that Anna was again holding himself out as a home improvement contract and again was ripping off consumers. As a result, Attorney General Schneiderman’s office moved to have Anna held in criminal contempt of the Court’s order leading to today’s sentencing of Anna to 360 days in jail, by State Supreme Court Justice John O’Donnell.
Schneiderman added, “Today’s sentencing shows that those who scam consumers and fail to provide promised services will be held accountable.”