Northtowns contractor pays back his scam victims

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A local home improvement contractor, whom the New York Attorney General accused of preying on innocent homeowners, is paying the price for his misdeeds.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman finalized a consent order and judgment that resolves a lawsuit against Robert Cooper, Jr., owner of Robert’s Paving and Excavating LLC, for defrauding consumers and violating a prior court order.

Cooper seems to be the kind of contractor who likes to spread misery all over the state. He had his first brush with the law in 2014 while generating consumer complaints in the Binghamton area.

After shutting down that business, Finger Lakes Asphalt, he then headed to Western New York, where his door-to-door ripoffs ran him up against the Attorney General again.

Assistant Attorney General Christopher Boyd, who prosecuted the case against Robert’s Paving and Excavating of Amherst, said Cooper was going door-to-door with an asphalt truck offering homeowners a quick cheap paving job for their driveway.

“The consumers who would agree to this would later come to regret the decision, by and large, because Mr. Cooper consistently did shoddy work, or he simply failed to do some of the work that he agreed to do, at all.”

The Western New York complaints led the Attorney General’s office to try to get a contempt of court ruling in State Supreme Court, and the new finalized consent order effectively bans Robert Cooper from any door-to-door sales, permanently.

Boyd said, Cooper is also required to pay back the local customers, he is accused of scamming, in full, “It is a total of nearly $14,000, and we have also obtained fines and costs against Mr. Cooper in the amount of $12,000.”

Cooper is also barred from entering home improvement contracts for a year, and at the end of the year, he is still prohibited from doing consumer home improvements until he can obtain a $50,000 performance bond.

Boyd said it is highly unlikely–with Cooper’s record–he will ever get that kind of bond anywhere in New York.

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