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Final cases resolved against disgraced Chesterfield contractor

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Stephen Mills settled the final two cases against him Tuesday, after more than 30 homeowners from Chesterfield County alleged negligent installation.

A woman told a Chesterfield District Court she has lived without heat or air conditioning for more than a year, after former contractor Stephen Mills improperly installed a climate-control unit in her home.

"If Mr. Mills pays the restitution he's agreed to today, he won't have to set foot in court again," said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tara McGee.

Building inspectors said faulty installation from 2011 could have lead to carbon monoxide leaks or fire danger.

Mills agreed to pay one defendant $1,600 for a faulty heat pump. A second homeowner will have a new HVAC unit installed by a licensed contractor. Mills offered to provide the contractor who will make the repairs, causing the homeowner to convey unease during the proceeding.

"This man has lied to me before, so I am concerned," she told the judge. "I'm not sure what to do here."

The judge allowed contractors from James River Air to supervise the new installation. Mills took questions as he left the courtroom, and was apologetic to the homeowners.

"It's still surreal that it all happened the way it did," Mills said. "I'm glad that it's getting to be over with."

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