One customer's fight to put a six-time felon back behind bars now spans two counties. After the Daily Messenger's news partner News 10NBC began investigating contractor Alvis Sprague about work paid for but not performed at a Canandaigua condo, police in Ontario and Monroe counties launched investigations of their own.   

Sprague was arrested last week, but now he’s back on the street. He was released on a legal technicality, and his former customers are frustrated.   

Sprague has been arrested 17 times and has nine convictions, six of which are felonies. Three felonies are DWI convictions.  Then in 2008 he was convicted of grand larceny and scheme to defraud after he was found to have scammed more than a dozen customers.  Then in 2016, he was convicted of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The attorney general took him to court too, and Sprague was ordered never again to work as a contractor in New York state.

But when he got out of prison, a new business with a new name, A-S Contracting, emerged.  Sprague’s girlfriend, Sarah Crawford, is the stated owner.

Crawford lashed out at News 10NBC in the hallway outside court Monday, saying, “I despise you. You turned this into a f------ circus. What's he (Sprague) got to do this?  This (A-S Contracting) is my business." She refused to speak on camera.

Sprague, however, was glib. He knew the courts could not hold him without a preliminary hearing, and an Ontario County assistant district attorney says he couldn't hold a hearing because the star witness, Susan Sipes — whose Canandaigua property was at the center of the investigation — is currently out of the country. 

"Nobody told me that I would need to be a witness,” said Sipes when reached by phone. “Nobody told me that they would need me back there because I would have gotten on a plane immediately."

Sprague's freedom may be short-lived. He is currently on probation, and his arrest in this case is likely a violation of his probation.

As for this case, the assistant district attorney told News 10NBC he's in talks with Sprague's public defender. Meanwhile, Monroe County investigators have also launched a criminal investigation of Sprague.