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What legal actions do homeowners have against fraudulent contractors? Your Stories

The Your Stories team has introduced viewers to Central New Yorkers accusing a local independent contractor of swindling thousands of dollars from shoddy work performed. Many of the people who reached out to us wanted to know what kind of legal action they can take against a fraudulent contractor.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Your Stories team has introduced viewers to Central New Yorkers accusing a local independent contractor of swindling thousands of dollars from shoddy work performed. Many of the people who reached out to us wanted to know what kind of legal action they can take against a fraudulent contractor.

Since our original story aired, several more victims have come forward saying they also fell victim to Paul Warner, a man they say is a fraudulent contractor. Other viewers tell NewsChannel 9 they have also paid other contractors for home repairs that were never completed.

Representatives with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office say they will investigate anything that's brought to their attention. But, NewsChannel 9 learned there is a process for getting a case in their hands.

“An individual has no control on if a case goes forward criminally, but they can present it to law enforcement and then law enforcement can investigate and figure out if they should proceed,” explained criminal defense attorney Kim Zimmer of Zimmer Law Office.

While investigating, Zimmer said law enforcement officials will typically look at the dollar amount, how many victims were involved and if there is a scheme to defraud. They will then present it to a prosecuting authority.

“The District Attorneys Office, the Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, those are the offices that ultimately make the decisions on whether to proceed on a criminal case. But, they get their cases from individuals calling law enforcement and complaining about a situation,” Zimmer said.

NewsChannel 9 reached out to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office and they said the best number for victims of fraud to call is (315) 435-3081.

The Attorney General's Office refused comment on this particular case, but has provided ways for homeowners to protect themselves.

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