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And the news about Jose Luna has shocked officials at the State Attorney General's Office, the Better Business Bureau and the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office.
But, they all admit, Jose Luna isn't doing anything illegal. A 14 News investigation reveals Jose Luna is the new director of operations for a company called Window Tree in Evansville. You may remember Luna as the former owner of Cherokee Windows. He was accused and convicted of defrauding homeowners in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. And, at one point, was said to owe as much as $500,000 to them. Now, Jose Luna is out of jail and hoping to make a fresh start with a new company. Jose Luna, director of operations, says, "One step at a time." Luna now goes by the name J.C. It's part of what he's calling a new beginning. "After four years of incarceration, you just try to start over." Luna says he never tried to hide from his past or take the easy way out. "Jose has a lot of experience." But Bill Gardner and Joann Finley say Luna's been given plenty of chances; both have yet to receive money or windows from orders they made with Luna in 2003. Finley says Luna picked the wrong victim in her. "The wrong person, baby. I'm going to be his shadow." But Luna insists, he's back in business to help right his wrongs.
Jose C. Luna Jr., 30, was charged Tuesday with corrupt business influence and seven counts of theft.Prosecutors allege Luna accepted $21,000 in downpayments from seven Indianapolis homeowners but did not deliver on promised home improvements. > AdvertisementTri State AeroLuna is the president of Cherokee Windows and Sunrooms. Luna, who lives in Evansville, had not been arrested Wednesday.
Cherokee Windows owner Jose Luna To get to the root of the problem, Contact 16 talked with Cherokee Window owner Jose Luna.He says he's had problems in the past but they were under control by 2001."We were on the upswing.We were okay with the Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau and the next thing you know it happened again," said Luna. The Indiana Attorney General has more than 30 complaints against Cherokee Windows.Luna says he was out of work for several months after a car accident in August of 2001."The people that were supposedly managing my business were not.They were managing their own business at my expense and my customer's expense."The former Cherokee employees deny this claim.Luna says he's filing charges."On September 23 they showed up at my house and demanded me to hand over Cherokee to them." One of the former employees admits he wanted to buy the business.Luna says he refused the offer."That day those guys walked out on me, and were up and running the next day as Window World."Window World says its business started in October and Tectonic's started a few weeks ago.Several customers are getting their windows from these businesses but Jose Luna says he'll do it."We plan on delivering to our customers that what they were promised even if it was unethical, false promises.We will honor all those things to save the reputation."Restarting projects, negotiating with manufacturersLuna says he'll re-start projects on December 16.The Evansville Police Department has stopped its investigation to see if Luna fulfills his promise.Customers can reach Jose Luna at 502-657-6423.Luna says he is negotiating with several manufacturers to get windows to fulfill orders.The Evansville Police Department says from the financial records they saw, Luna is in tremendous debt.Meanwhile, the attorney general is continuing its investigation.Contact 16 ArchiveWNDU ClassifiedsContact 16
Cherokee Windows owner Jose Luna Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter is taking legal action against Cherokee Windows and Sunrooms owner Jose Luna. The state's lawsuit alleges Luna entered into contracts, collected down payments and failed to perform any work.Contact 16 recommends customers protect themselves in the future by keeping a few things in mind.As a general rule, the attorney general says only provide a one-quarter to one-third of the total project cost as a down payment.Indiana law requires a contract for any home improvement contract project that will cost more than $150.Check references of any contractors you might be using.
Cherokee's owner Jose Luna, said Wednesday that he plans to fulfill his contracts with customers throughout Indiana, starting Dec. 16. Luna said he fell on hard times last year, after injuries sustained in a car accident led to having his leg amputated. Then, in September, most of Cherokee's 150 employees throughout the state walked out on him, leaving Luna and one other person to run the company. Cherokee previously had stores across the state, including South Bend, Indianapolis and Evansville.Luna said Cherokee is now run out of Louisville, Ky. "I am not trying to pass it off as someone else.I take full responsibility," he said."I'm not going anywhere.I want to make it right." No charges have yet been filed against Luna.Luna said customers with complaints may call 502-657-6423. >