Two Buffalo-area home improvement contractors are being accused of engaging in deceptive, fraudulent and illegal business practices, according to a lawsuit brought by the state Attorney General’s Office that was filed Friday.
According to the lawsuit, John P. Weeks, of Angola, is alleged to have operated a scheme that defrauded five customers in Erie County out of nearly $200,000 collectively, in advance payments for home improvement services he failed to perform or complete.
Weeks, who has a long history of defrauding homeowners, also is in alleged violation of a State Supreme Court consent order and judgment previously entered against him, barring Weeks from continuing to engage in deceptive, fraudulent and deceptive business practices.
In addition to allegedly deceiving his clients with false representations as to his employees’ credentials, Weeks is accused of falsely representing a longtime associate, Sean R. Henry, of Silver Creek in Chautauqua County, to clients as an architect who could provide formal written plans for their home renovations. Henry is not an architect, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
Still, his customers trusted Weeks to make major structural renovations to their home based on the alleged false representation that the work was being reviewed and approved by an architect.