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Arrested contractor’s customers have similar stories

March 19, 2018 08:25 PM

A local contractor is back behind bars, and new court documents reveal details about his alleged crime that are shockingly familiar. 

News10NBC has been investigating Alvis Sprague and A-S Contracting for contractor for months.  Since then, Ontario County prosecutors charged him with grand larceny. Now, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office is charging him as well.  And alleged victims in both cases recount very similar experiences.

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On Friday, March 16, Alvis Sprague was back where he's been many times before, accused of a crime and standing in front of a judge.  This time, he's accused of violating probation by allegedly stealing from customers while working as a contractor.  The judge ordered him held without bail.

His lawyer will try again to spring Sprague from jail at a hearing next week.  But Christian Kennedy admits it’s an uphill battle.

"On a violation of probation, it's usually the common practice to hold the defendant without bail," said Kennedy.

News10NBC has been investigating Sprague since Susan Sipe contacted us last November. Sipe lives in Seattle.  She paid him almost $17,000 to remodel her Canandaigua condo.  But he refused to send pictures of his progress.  Then he sent her text messages asking for more money.  Sipe says Sprague told her his name was Al Bosley.  But that is not his name.  Alvis Bosley is Sprague’s father who died 18 years ago. 

Sipe’s account is eerily similar to the newest charges against this contractor.  The owner of a home in Henrietta also lives out of state.  He hired Sprague to make repairs.  But in court papers he says Sprague sent him "deceiving text photos" claiming the work was complete.  Not only does he say Sprague failed to do the work, but also rented the house to five people, and according to the homeowner, pocketed rent payments of $1800 a month.  And the name he used was Al Bosley. 

"I've never used Allie Bosley as my name," said Sprague when News10 NBC interviewed him before his arrest. 

But News10NBC found that he listed himself as the owner of A-S Contracting in his Yelp profile, and the name on the profile was Al Bosley.  He also sent emails to customers as Al Bosley.  Why would he use an alias?  Perhaps to hide a criminal past. 

Sprague now been arrested 19 times, has 9 convictions and 6 of them are felonies.  Asked whether his client’s extensive criminal history is a concern, his newly hired attorney said, "It's always - a person's history is always a concern when it comes to a new charge."

And in the case of Alvis Sprague, there could be more charges to come. More customers have contacted News10NBC, as well as investigators in Monroe and Ontario counties, to say that  Sprague stole from them too. 

Prosecutors anticipate more charges against Sprague will be filed. He has another court appearance on March 29.

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