November 20, 2017 11:54 PM
Contractor Ryan Frawley has been sued and been ordered to pay thousands of dollars back to customers, and pleaded guilty to criminal charges of larceny for passing a bad check for work on his equipment.
He spoke with News10NBC several times over the past few days and says he's trying to "rectify" his life. But some customers say he's wreaking havoc on theirs.
"Since Ryan, been nothing but a heartache," says Annette Guerra-Coe.
Annette Guerra-Coe says her family's attempt to renovate their shed turned into a nightmare after their contractor, 22-year-old Ryan Frawley, agreed to do the job as spelled out in this proposal, took a thousand dollars for it, then never did any work, instead offering excuses.
He says, "He was being rushed to the hospital because his belly button was bleeding. One morning his equipment failed so it was always an excuse."
"The attorney general's office sees this and they should go after this guy," says Carlos Rodriquez, former consumer protection.
Carlos Rodriguez, formerly with the state attorney general's office, says some contractors routinely skip out then change their business names. Last winter, Frawley was operating as "Harris Grounds Management" but in June, he re-registered with Monroe County under the name "York Enterprise."
"I could be a contractor just by calling myself 'Carlos the Contractor,'" Rodriguez tells News10NBC.
He says the state -- or failing that, counties -- need to tighten up the standards for who's allowed to call themselves contractors. Meanwhile, he says, potential customers need to look closely at contractors’ paperwork to make sure it's not some hastily printed "proposal" like Frawley used.
Updated: November 20, 2017 11:54 PM
Created: November 20, 2017 09:53 PM
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