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ALBANY, NY-New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday his office has filed a lawsuit against a WNY contractor for defrauding customers.

Schneiderman says Justin Jerge, doing business as JRJ Contracting, collected thousands of dollars for work he never performed or supplies he never ordered.

In one case, the AG's office says Jerge took more that $50,000 from the parents of a disabled adult for home improvements to enable them to keep their daughter in their home. The lawsuit alleges that not only did Jerge not finish the job, but that the work he did was substandard.

State Supreme Court Judge Jeremiah Moriarty, III signed a temporary restraining order that freezes Jerge's bank accounts and prohibits him from accepting any advance payments from consumers.

The Attorney General's office is seeing a court order barring him from the home improvement industry unless he posts a $200,000 bond. The lawsuit is also seeking to get customers their money back, along with civil fines for his violations of consumer protection laws.

If you have a complaint against JRJ Contracting, you can contact the office's consumer help line at (800) 771-7755 or the Buffalo Regional office at 853-8400.

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