A renovation contractor sentenced for defrauding several customers

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TONAWANDA, NY (WIVB) – A Town of Tonawanda man was sentenced Monday in Erie County Court after he scammed customers by posing as a home improvement contractor.

Richard Brady, 41, was sentenced to one and a half to three years in prison for one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree, two class E crimes. He was sentenced in as a second offender.

According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Brady acted as a contractor and collected payments from victims between May 1 and November 5, 2019, without ever performing any work on the homes. Brady admitted to stealing a total of $43,414.08 from seven county customers. He apparently did not pay any compensation to the victims.

Brady pleaded guilty to the above charges on October 15, 2020 and also pleaded guilty to charges in Niagara and Cattaraugus counties where he allegedly committed similar crimes. His sentence for the Erie County crimes will be served concurrently with his other sentences.

County Attorney John Flynn encouraged anyone who has been victimized by a home improvement scam to contact his office.

“Even the most careful owner can become the victim if the person hired never shows up to do the job,” he said. “I encourage anyone who has been a victim of this offender or another home improvement contractor to contact my office.”

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2021. See more of his work here.

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