Contractor gets jail time for not finishing job, refunding money
Posted March 8, 2010 11:56 a.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2010 12:07 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — A contractor was sent to jail Monday for avoiding a court-ordered payment to a homeowner for a renovation that wasn't completed.
Michael Luchansky, owner of Apex Construction, was found in contempt of court and was sentenced to 60 days in the Wake County jail.
Luchansky owed a homeowner $12,000 for a job that was never finished. He had been ordered to repay $5,000 of that total by Feb. 1 and also was supposed to serve five consecutive weekends in jail.
When he didn't meet the deadline for the partial payment and failed to show up for his weekends in jail, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens imposed the 60-day contempt sentence.
A 2006 investigation by 5 on Your Side found that Luchansky owed a Clayton homeowner more than $10,000 for an incomplete renovation. He repaid that homeowner to settle that dispute.
Apex Construction has a D- rating with the Better Business Bureau, including one outstanding complaint.