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And the news about Jose Luna ...
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
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."
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."
never tried to hide from his
past or take the easy way out.
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
back in business to help right his
CourierPress: Local News
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.
WNDU-TV: Contact 16 Story: Cherokee Windows: Owner says customers will get their orders - November 01, 2002
Cherokee Windows owner Jose Luna
...To get to the root of the problem, Contact 16 talked with Cherokee Window owner Jose Luna.He
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
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
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
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
promise.Customers can reach Jose Luna
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.
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WNDU-TV: Contact 16 Story: Attorney General suing Cherokee Windows owner - December 23, 2002
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.
WHAS11.com | Louisville | Statewide News
Cherokee's owner Jose Luna, said Wednesday that he plans to fulfill his contracts with customers throughout Indiana, starting Dec. 16. Luna
fell on hard times last year, after injuries sustained in a car accident led to having his
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
said customers with complaints may call 502-657-6423.