Authorities in New Jersey say that a state home improvement contractor must pay $1.1 million in fines for performing jobs as an unregistered home improvement contractor.
A Superior Court judge found that the contractor had committed 410 violations of state law for having taken money from elderly customers and not completing promised work.
Contractor Leroy N. Brown’s shoddy work resulted in at least one family having to evacuate their home due to high levels of carbon dioxide after chimney liner work was performed.
In a press release, acting Attorney General Christopher Porrino said, "We will not tolerate home improvement contractors like Leroy Brown who cheat our citizens, particularly when the target is our elderly population. The civil penalty ordered by the court should serve as a warning to contractors that violating our consumer protection laws will result in serious consequences.”
Brown now has 10 days to pay up to $1,025,000 in civil penalties and must reimburse the Division of Consumers Affairs $82,000 in attorney fees and reimburse 11 consumers more than $16,000.