Shady Window Dealer Sells to Upstate NY Schools and Dorms
New York State Attorney General Letitia James says she’s shut down a scam by a shady window manufacturer.
According to the A.G.’s office, Litex Incorporated and its owner Thomas Parsons, altered and falsified laboratory performance test reports for windows that were sold and installed at public school buildings and college dormitories throughout “upstate” New York. Parsons and Litex pled guilty to Felony Scheme to Defraud in July and Parsons was sentenced this week to five-years on probation.
Litex has to pay $3-million in restitution to owners who bought the substandard windows and the Michigan company is banned from doing business in New York.
New York Building Code specifies thermal performance standards that a window must meet in order to be used in commercial construction projects like schools. If the standards aren’t met, the window cannot be used.
The Attorney General’s office determined Parsons was responsible for falsifying or fabricating information on window testing lab reports to make it look like Litex windows were in compliance se he could sell them to unsuspecting property owners.
Parsons and Litex paid $1.5 million owed in restitution and fines just prior to sentencing.
The Attorney General’s office said under the terms of the July pleas, it was ordered if Litex failed to pay full restitution, both the company and Parsons would be resentenced.
That threat carried the potential of incarceration of one-and-a-third to four years in New York State prison, restitution and a fine of no more than $5,000.
The news release from Attorney General James’ office did not indicate how many or what specific public schools and colleges were victimized by the false laboratory performance test reports.