Garage man shut down

John O'Brien Jun. 25, 2008, 3:58pm


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A garage builder is no longer able to operate in the home improvement business thanks to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo said Wednesday that David Bourlier of Pennellville must post a $75,000 performance bond with the state before he can resume his business, Arrowhead Garage Builders. An order in Onondaga County Supreme Court also forces Bourlier to pay more than $82,000 to the State.

"Central New York homeowners who take advantage of contractors deserve to know they're dealing with reputable businesses," Cuomo said. "However, when contractors try to take advantage of homeowners, families suffer.

"My office worked to shut down this garage builder so that he will no longer victimize consumers."

Cuomo claimed Bourlier:

-Did not put advance payments into an escrow account;

-Failed to obtain proper building permits;

-Repeatedly failed to start or complete work for which he had been paid; and

-Performed shoddy work.

One instance, Cuomo said, had Bourlier signing a $17,700 contract to build a garage he said would take four or five weeks to finish, then cashing a $5,900 check after four months with little work having been done.

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