NY AG: Home contractor used customers' money to put in $30,000 pool
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester-based contractor is facing legal action from the New York State Attorney General's Office for taking customers' money and failing to do any work.
The contractor, George Frisch, runs a business called Dynabuild Construction Group, Inc. 13WHAM News has investigated Frisch and Dynabuild multiple times since October 2015, including cases in which Frisch hired subcontractors to do the work for him and never paid them.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that his office is filing an injunction against Frisch for defrauding consumers repeatedly by collecting full or partial payments from customers for home improvement projects, then failing to perform any work.
In some cases, work would be done, but it would be done in a shoddy and unprofessional manner that sometimes resulted in customers having to hire a second contractor to do the work again.
Consumers who asked for or were promised refunds did not receive them.
According to the complaint filed against him, Frisch took deposits for snowplowing and home improvement work and spent the money on himself to buy a $30,000 built-in swimming pool and to go on vacation.
At least 11 consumers lost over $70,000 in deposits and additional money needed to repair poor workmanship left behind by Frisch.
The Attorney General is seeking a permanent injunction against Frisch that will prevent him from ever operating a home improvement business in New York. The injunction would also bring $70,000 in restitution for consumers and over $58,000 in penalties and costs.
Anyone who believes they may have been defrauded by or have unresolved disputes with a home improvement contractor are urged to call the Attorney General’s Consumer Help Line at (800) 771-7755.
Additional information on how to avoid fraudulent home improvement contractors can be found on the Attorney General's website.