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AG orders Rochester contractor to pay nearly $200K over bad work

Brian Robinson, who owns Apex Construction, is accused of taking more than $24,000 from customers for projects and snowplowing, then never providing the service or completing the jobs. (WHAM photo - file, Feb. 2016)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) –The owner of a Rochester-area construction company has been ordered by the state Attorney General to pay back tens of thousands of dollars in failed or incomplete projects.

Brian Robinson, who owns Apex Construction, is accused of taking more than $24,000 from customers for projects and snowplowing, then never providing the service or completing the jobs.

13WHAM's Amy Hudak spoke in February 2016 with a man who hired Robinson for snowplowing. Russ Shaner said Robinson cashed her check quickly, then never did the work.

Robinson promised many consumers refunds but never followed up with them. The lawsuit filed by NY AG Eric Schneiderman's Office would requite Robinson to pay restitution in full to all affected customers, as well as a $175,000 penalty.

“New Yorkers who spend their hard-earned money to hire a contractor deserve to have the work fully completed and handled with care—not tricked into paying for services they will never receive,” Schneiderman said.

Court paperwork shows Robinson defrauded 34 separate customers, taking more than $24,000 in deposits and additional money needed to repair poor work left behind by Robinson when he failed to complete his jobs.

In addition, Schneiderman is seeking to file a permanent injunction against Robinson that will prevent him from taking advance payments or operating any home improvement business in New York. The only way around this for Robinson would be for him to post a $100,000 bond, in addition to the $175,000 penalty, as a safety net for future consumer claims against him.

Anyone who wants to file a claim over problems with a home improvement contractor can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Help Line at (800) 771-7755.

Robinson is scheduled to appear in court on September 20 to answer the charges.

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