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Amherst fence company to pay $50,000 in restitution to bilked customers

Classic Fence and Lumber, Inc. and its owner Fred DeNormand have reached a settlement with state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's Office to pay $50,000 in restitution to customers and $5,000 more in penalties, the AG's Office announced Wednesday.

The AG’s investigation identified 22 customers who paid Classic Fence deposits ranging from $425 to $8,359 but never got their fences. In one case, a job was only partially completed. In addition, investigators found that Classic Fence wasn't using home improvement contracts that complied with New York General Business Law.

The AG's Office filed a lawsuit and to resolve it, DeNormand was required to sell a property he owns and hold all the proceeds of the sale in escrow until he has paid all of the restitution.

“Consumers who pay for a good or service should receive it,” Schneiderman said. “This settlement will ensure that New Yorkers get their hard earned money back, while barring this scammer from the home improvement business."

Consumers who have not already filed a complaint with the AG's Office and believe they paid Classic Fence for products and services that they did not receive should call 716-853-8404 or file an online complaint by Feb. 26.

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