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AG settlement bars Buffalo contractor from home improvement business

A Buffalo man has been barred from doing business in New York state after defrauding customers for snow plowing services he never performed, the state attorney general said Wednesday.

Nicholas Watroba, a self-described home improvement contractor, was sued by the attorney general’s office. As part of the case’s settlement, he will not be allowed to do home improvement, landscaping or snow plowing business in the state. He has also agreed to pay $5,975 in restitution to his victims.

Watroba took advance payments for snow plowing and home improvement work that he never performed, the attorney general’s office said. He also quoted low prices, charged much higher prices, and still failed to perform the work, it said.

There were 17 victims involved in the suit. Most of the defrauded customers were residents of West Seneca.