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Post date: June 22 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Contractor Who Defrauded Clients

Nicholas Watroba Barred Home Improvement, Landscaping, Snow Plowing Business In New York State; Must Pay Nearly $6K in Restitution To Victims

Schneiderman: We Will Keep Working To Hold Unscrupulous Business Owners Accountable 

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that a lawsuit his office filed against Nicholas Watroba, who holds himself out as a home improvement contractor, has resulted in a settlement. Mr. Watroba was accused of defrauding Western New Yorkers by taking advance payments for snow removal services while failing to plow their driveways. In some cases, customers allegedly prepaid Watroba hundreds of dollars for snow removal and home improvement services that Watroba never provided.

Watroba frequently quoted one price to consumers only later to unilaterally increase the price.  For example, according to one 90 year-old consumer, Watroba said he would plow his driveway for $200 only to unilaterally increase the price by another $100, and then he never plowed the consumer’s driveway.

“When hardworking New Yorkers pay for a service, they deserve to have the service performed fully, professionally, and in a timely manner,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “We will remain steadfast in our commitment to hold unscrupulous business owners who take advantage of consumers accountable.”

Under the agreement, Watroba is barred from participating in any home improvement, landscaping, or snow plowing business, and is ordered to pay $5,975 in restitution to victims.

Attorney General Schneiderman has been vigilant in going after home improvement contractors who scam consumers. In February of this year, he obtained an order barring Joseph Lloyd from the home improvement business.  In December 2015, a contempt case brought  by Attorney General Schneiderman against home improvement contract George Anna resulted in Anna being sentenced to jail time of 360 days.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General James M. Morrissey and Karen Davis, Senior Consumer Fraud Representative in the Buffalo Regional Office. The Buffalo Regional Office is led by Assistant Attorney General In Charge Michael Russo. The Division of Regional Offices is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Marty Mack.

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