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Local contractor facing criminal charges

Prosecutor says contractor did little to no work
Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 17:39:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A local contractor is facing criminal charges for allegedly taking customers money and doing little to no work.

On Monday Stephen Hage Jr. plead not guilty to charges ranging from grand theft to improper home improvement contract procedures.

According to the prosecutor Hage allegedly took down payments on home improvement contracts, and after getting the money disappeared after performing little to no work.

In November, a Team 10 investigation discovered some customers who said they signed a contract with American Pride Enterprises, paid thousands of dollars up front and were left with little or nothing.

James Francois said he paid Hage more than $5,000 for a patio.

“He never showed up, never delivered any material, never did an hour of work,” Francois told 10News in November.

The Contractors State License Board revoked American Pride Enterprises' license for non-compliance with an arbitration award in July of 2018.

After the hearing Team 10 investigator Adam Racusin asked Hage if he had a comment about the allegations. Hage’s attorney said they had no comment.

Hage is scheduled to be back in court in May.