ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - When a homeowner in Orchard Park suspected a contractor ripped her off, she Called 4 Action - and she's not the only customer looking to recoup thousands of dollars back.
For contractor Steven Danaher, being in police custody, accused of ripping off customers, is beginning to become a habit. In Orchard Park, Danaher is charged with petit larceny and scheming to defraud.
Tim and Michelle Wright told News 4 Danaher took $3,000 to fix their roof then didn't show up. Dave Jensen, the town's fire inspector, first gave Danaher a $2,500 downpayment to replace his roof.
Jensen said, "He showed up and delivered some materials. I gave him another downpayment, and from there it went bad."
Jensen says he paid Danaher $7,500 total. The roof is done, but Jensen says no thanks to Danaher.
"He used a subcontractor, then the subcontractor hired another subcontractor, so it was really not him doing it," Jensen said.
If this story seems familiar, it's because Danaher was accused of doing the same thing by Town of Tonawanda homeowners six years ago. Bart Simonian paid Danaher with a check for $6,000 for a roof job but ended up with a garage full of building materials.
"Cashed it, never deposited the money in the bank anywhere, and just walked out of the bank with the money, and never did the roof," said Simonian.
And some of Danaher's cusomters had trouble finding him because he was using Bill Shylo's building as his business address - without Shylo's knowledge.
"For about a month he was here, had a few pieces of equipment. I haven't seen him," said Shylo.
We asked Danaher why so many of his customers are unhappy. He responded, "I have satisfied more than 300 that are happy."
How does Danaher keep getting away with this?
Jensen explained, "He is very good at selling a job. He is very good at making somebody believe that something is going to get taken care of."
We also learned Friday that Danaher pleaded guilty to housing violations in the City of Tonawanda after serving about 15 days in jail.
If you have been ripped off by Steve Danaher, you can call the Erie County District Attorney's Special Investigations Bureau at 858-2501.
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