A contractor accused of bilking at least a dozen was sentenced to one and a half to three years in prison in the case of a Canandaigua property

CANANDAIGUA — A contractor Monday was sentenced to over a year in state prison for bilking a customer out of thousands of dollars.

According to Daily Messenger news partner News10NBC, Alvis Sprague was sentenced to one and a half to three years in state prison for accepting money and not completing the work promised.

Susan Sipes had paid Sprague $17,000 to remodel her condo in Canandaigua.

"Oh my gosh," she said, "It was devastating."

Several other homeowners throughout the area have accused Sprague of similar actions with their properties.

Sprague was defiant during the sentencing.

"I think it's inappropriate and unconstitutional to be videotaped and hand-shackled and everything else before any of these proceedings [get] started," said Sprague. "This is right on the borderline where they're harassing my whole family."

Ontario County Court Judge Craig Doran wasn't sympathetic to his frustration.

"However frustrated you are today going to prison," said Doran, "imagine the frustration felt by people who needed to have work done that wasn't done and they they paid for."

While Doran ordered Sprague — a repeat felon — to pay restitution to the victim in this case, Susan Sipes is getting in a long line behind others, including Sandy Landauer.

Sandy also got Sprague thrown in jail, back in 2008, but when it comes to restitution in the last decade she's gotten one check for $100. Aside from the criminal charges, the New York State Attorney General's Office filed a civil suit against Sprague, and has 13 other victims waiting for restitution. 

in 2008 Sprague was convicted of grand larceny and scheme to defraud after he was found to have scammed more than a dozen customers. He also has felony convictions for driving while intoxicated.

Last year Sprague and Sarah Crawford, operating at A-S Contracting, were ordered by the Monroe County Supreme Court to pay $52,501 in restitution to consumers and another $50,150 in penalties.