NEW: 19 Contractors Charged By Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office
Wednesday February 26, 2020
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The Rhode Island attorney general announced Tuesday that seven contractors have been charged with criminal offenses and ten others have been charged with offenses in Providence District Court for failing to comply with a final order from the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board (CLRB).
Two other contractors have entered into agreements with CLRB based on these efforts.
“The allegations here are serious; We’re not talking about cases where people are dissatisfied with their color. These are hardworking Rhode Islanders who paid big bucks to builders to improve their homes and who stayed tall and dry, ”said Attorney General Peter Neronha. “The defendants were given several options to resolve their situation. Some took advantage of this opportunity. Others don’t. Those who have not done so will now be held accountable and this office will seek reimbursement to homeowners and any fines owed. “
According to the office of the AG, all contractors in the country must register with the CLRB, part of the Department of Business Regulation (DBR). When a complaint is filed against a contractor, the board determines that the contractor is properly licensed with CLRB and that the contractor has performed work in accordance with industry standards. Final orders are only entered after every effort has been made to find a solution between the contractor and the complainant. Failure to do so can become a Rhode Island criminal offense if the monetary verdict associated with the CLRB fines is greater than $ 5,000 per final warrant. Cases less than $ 5000 are offenses.
“CRLB works hard to ensure that there is some fairness to homeowners who have suffered damage from negligent contractor work. I am confident that these recent law enforcement actions – a direct result of the collaboration between our department and the Attorney General – will be a powerful deterrent to any contractor who believes they will not be held responsible for wronging homeowners in Rhode Island Said Liz Tanner, Director, DBR.
The defendants who were charged yesterday with a violation of the crime are:
Paul Arruda, Paul Arruda Corporation
The defendant did not pay a subcontractor despite being paid in full by the homeowner. This gives the homeowner a lien on his house.
Kevin Chaisty, KSC Construction
The homeowner hired KSC to remove and replace the siding. The homeowner paid the defendant $ 8,000 who did not start work on time. Despite his assurances, he still hasn’t returned the bail.
Criminal arrest warrants have been issued for:
Anthony Arena, Northwest Construction and Maintenance
After entering into a contractual agreement to carry out work in the homeowner’s basement, the defendant cashed the checks provided by the homeowner and did not do any of the work. The amount was over $ 10,000.00.
Robert Darling, Saintz Construction Co.
The homeowner paid nearly $ 30,000, and the defendant did not complete the project or return any funds. The work carried out did not meet industry standards.
Rodolfo Hernandez, nationwide construction company
The defendant did not complete any of the contractually agreed work. The homeowner suffered $ 40,000 in damages, leaving him homeless.
Jose Jimenez, J&J Landscaping
Homeowner and J&J have signed a contract to replace the existing driveway. The work being done would not meet industry standards and the company purposely did not complete the project.
Richard Wilson, Custom Quality Home Services
The homeowner hired the defendant’s company to build an outside fence. After the homeowner paid $ 15,000, the defendant failed to do any work.
Eight contractors were charged with offense on February 19, 2020:
- Nicholas Chamberlain, CAS drywall
- Ana Paulino Contreras, Paulino Construction
- John Cronin – Cronin Construction
- Joshua Cruz, Eden Improvements
- Joshua Gomes – Building Concepts
- Derek Penta – Home Improvements
- Jose Reis – J Reis painting
- Luis Rodrigues – Lincoln Construction
Two contractors were arrested yesterday on arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on February 19 for violating the offense:
- Zachary Brown, ZD Brown Construction
- Joseph Grilo, a touch of class
Richard Bourque Jr., Richard Bourque Enterprises, is expected to appear in court on February 26, 2020. James Porter, J. Porter Concrete & Stone has an arrest warrant.
“I am grateful for the work of our investigation team and DBR for their partnership in this enforcement effort,” said Attorney General Neronha. “Like any company in our state, contractors have to obey the rules. If not, we will take action on behalf of the Rhode Island consumer. “
Assistant Attorney General Meghan McDonough and investigator John Rabbitt investigated and prosecuted these cases on behalf of the Attorney General. The cases were referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Corporate Regulatory Department.