Contractor who ripped off dozens sentenced

March 05, 2019 08:34 AM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) - Alvis Sprague, a contractor accused by over a dozen people of ripping them off, was sentenced to prison on Monday.

Over the past year, News10NBC has spoken with more than a dozen people who feel they were ripped off by him. Not all of them were able to file criminal charges One of the victims who came to us with her story, though, was able to, and because of that he was sentenced in Ontario County Court to more than a year behind bars. 


Susan Sipe had paid Sprague $17,000 to remodel her condo. 

"Oh my gosh," she said, "It was devastating." 

What little work that was finished by Sprague was barely done, and after News10NBC's Deanna Dewberry started investigating the Ontario County Sheriff's Office got involved as well. 

Monday was judgment day, and Sprague was not happy when Ontario County Judge Craig Doran allowed News10NBC to have our cameras roll in the court room.

In fact, after saying the f-word loud enough for the judge and courtroom to hear it, Sprague expressed his opinion without being asked for it:

"I think it's inappropriate and unconstitutional to be videotaped and hand-shackled and everything else before any of these proceedings [get] started," he said.

The judge and Sprague's attorney tried to get him to stop talking, but he persisted.

"This is right on the borderline where they're harassing my whole family," he said, "There's already been a broadcast."

When his attorney said that Sprague was referring to something earlier in the case, Doran said that no such thing had happened in the courts he'd been presiding over.

Once Sprague had calmed down, it was time for sentencing: Alvis Sprague will spend the next one-and-a-half to three years in prison.

"However frustrated you are today going to prison," said Judge Doran, "Imagine the frustration felt by people who needed to have work done that wasn't done and they they paid for." 

News10NBC has been profiling those victims for years, and Sprague has not usually not been happy about it, at one point trying to have Deanna Dewberry removed from a public space after she asked him if he would pay one of his victims her money back. 

And while Doran ordered Sprague, a repeat felon, to pay restitution to the victim in this case, Sipe is getting in a long line behind others, including Sandy Landauer.

Landauer also got Sprague thrown in jail, back in 2008, but when it comes to restitution in the last decade she's gotten one check for 100 dollars. Aside from the criminal charges, the New York State Attorney General's Office filed a civil suit against Sprague, and has 13 other victims waiting for restitution. 


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