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The Bottom Line: Contractor sentenced to prison, but will it be enough?

GUILDERLAND -- CBS 6 is asking the tough question about holding a local contractor accountable.

As Dori Marlin reported this week, roofing contractor Robert Decker of Fonda has pleaded guilty to charges of defrauding customers - and will serve 3-9 years in prison when he's sentenced in June.

But as Dori has uncovered, Decker's been doing this as a roofing contractor for 20 years.  He's already served time in prison for the same type of crime, and even went around a state court order banning him from doing home contracting work in New York.

So Dori put the question to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday in Guilderland:  Will this next prison sentence for Robert Decker be enough to protect local homeowners?

Schneiderman responded, "This is a serious amount of time, and we have a statewide effort to crack down on contractor fraud because it's a really serious problem in many parts of the state.  And this fellow is 'Exhibit A.'"

The AG went on to say, he thinks this 'Exhibit A' will send a message to other contractors in New York, as well.

When Dori asked about the statewide effort which Schneiderman mentioned, he said his office is focusing more closely on contractor fraud - particularly in the wake of Superstorm Sandy - and bringing more cases to court, than they have in the past.
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