Crime & Courts

Their air conditioner didn't work. Now the Wichita contractor will pay $5,000

Two Wichita contractors will pay a combined $15,500 in restitution and penalties after entering into consent judgments with the district attorney's office.

The first contractor installed an air conditioner that wasn't up to code and failed to provide "any material benefit" to the consumer, District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a release. When the unit stopped working, the consumer purchased another air conditioner from a different contractor.

Vaughn Smith, owner of ABR Mechanical at 5506 N. Seneca, agreed to pay $4,000 in civil penalties and over $1,000 in restitution for work on the air conditioner, the release said.

The second contractor was paid for work that it never finished, the release said. The company was paid to finish two bedrooms and a bathroom in the basement of a home, but the work stopped and the job was left undone after a second installment of $4,565.

Chad Smith, owner of Austin Construction at 555 Springlake Lane, agreed to pay $7,000 in civil penalties and $3,500 in restitution for the uncompleted work, the release said.

The consent judgments were signed by Judge Jeffrey Goering. The cases were investigated by the district attorney's office.