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What can I do about a window contractor who totally ripped me off

13 years ago

I hired a window contractor to put in the energy efficient windows that qualify for the tax credit. The windows were installed, but I was told by a different contractor that was doing other work on my house that the windows did not qualify for the tax credit. I called the window contractor and explained this to him and he stated the windows did qualify. So the next day he came to my house and I was at work and had my son remove the stickers and he stated he was going to get rid of them for us as they looked tacky on the windows. Well, he removed the energy stickers and would not return them to me. He then agreed to return them when I paid him. I then found out that the window contractor tried to get the window company to order him the stickers that did qualify for the tax credit in which case the window company would not as they were not the stickers for the windows he installed. He stated he did not know they didn't qualify till way after he installed them, but how could he not know when he ordered them and installed them. He is now blaming the window company for ordering the wrong windows. He has done nothing but lie to me constantly. So I turned him into the Attorney General and I told them I do not want the windows as they were not what I ordered, but I do want my tax credit that I am now out because it has expired. I did not pay anything to the contractor, but am worried what he may do. Can he remove the windows or put a lien against my property even though he was trying to pass off some cheap windows for the energy efficient ones? I am going to have a different contractor put in the correct windows and return these to the manufacturer, but how can I get my tax credit. Thank you

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