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A Buffalo-area construction and roofing contractor was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail for failing to post a $100,000 performance bond as he was ordered to do two years ago after the state attorney general accused him of bilking home improvement clients here.

State Supreme Court Justice John F. O’Donnell also imposed a $30,000 fine on George Anna, who pleaded guilty last month to criminal contempt for violating the 2012 court order.

Under that order, Anna was barred from the home improvement business unless he first posted a $100,000 performance bond, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

In the 2012 case, the attorney general proved that Anna took money from customers who paid him in advance for home improvement work and repeatedly failed to do the work.

Anna agreed at that time he would do no more local repair work for customers without posting a $100,000 performance bond.

Schneiderman said Anna never posted the bond and continued taking money from customers for home improvements without providing the services.

Anna was charged in May with criminal contempt for taking $5,000 from one customer for roofing materials he never purchased and taking more than $6,300 for a roofing job for which he only completed half the contracted work.

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