Claiming that they could give homeowners a good price for quality home improvement work, a father and son are now being ordered to pay $23,900 in restitution to its customers.
Going door-to-door in Baldwinsvile, N.Y., a father and son told homeowners that they would give homeowners a good price for quality home improvement projects. Douglas Cooper and his son are being charged with misrepresentation, incomplete work, and intimidation of customers. New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, announced this week that Cooper has been ordered to pay $23,900 in restitution to its customers. On top of this, the New York Supreme Court has ordered Cooper to pay $7,000 in cost and penalties.
Cooper and his son would walk around New York neighborhoods harassing and intimidating customers into allowing them to do work, which later was done poorly. They would approach customers to clear off snow or repair roofs, but would not provide their customers with a written contract prior to performing the work. After the work had begun, the Coopers would then approach customers asking for payment that was greater than the amount initially quoted.
In a statement, Schneiderman said that, "To bully New Yorkers into purchasing services, and then turn around and provide shoddy work for sky-high prices is inexcusable.”