Attorney general reaches settlement with alleged snowplow scammer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just weeks after being brought to court by the New York Attorney General, Buffalo-based contractor Joseph Lloyd has agreed to a settlement.

Lloyd faced accusations of taking payments in exchange for snowplow services, but refused to act on his promises. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s lawsuit sought damages for Lloyd’s customers, and they’ll get just that.

“This settlement bars Mr. Lloyd from engaging in snowplowing, landscaping and home repair business, preventing him from preying upon additional consumers.”

In addition to banning Lloyd from those contracting services, Lloyd agreed to pay $40,000 in restitution to his victims, and an additional $15,000 in civil penalties.

To ensure the former contractor stays true to his word, he will be forced to report to the Attorney General’s Office each year in January, May and September to report who his employer is. Officials will be able to verify he isn’t working for himself as a contractor.

If he violates the terms of his settlement, Schneiderman says he will open himself up to charges punishable by time in prison.

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