Newark, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General
Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs have announced a
lawsuit against Jeffrey Colmyer and Tiffany A. Cimino and their companies Rayne
Construction Management Services LLC (RCMS) and Colmyer and Sons Construction
LLC (Colmyer and Sons).
The state alleges the Ocean County couple and their
home improvement companies defrauded dozens of homeowners. At least 26
homeowners lost $923,742 in federal relief funds that they paid to have their homes
rebuilt, Porrino’s office says. These homeowners were recipients of a federal
grant to help Sandy victims rebuild their homes.
“Instead of working to get Sandy victims back into their
homes, these swindlers allegedly walked away with the money, leaving homeowners
with little or nothing to show for it,” Porrino said. “This was especially
devastating to residents who paid the defendants with government grant money
only to see their home rebuilding projects sit idle for months and months on
Porrino’s office seeks consumer restitution, the
disgorgement of relief funds to the Department of Community affairs and a permanent
withdrawal of the defendant’s contractor licenses.
The case is being handled by deputy
attorney general Cathleen O’Donnell of the consumer fraud prosecution section
within the Division of Law.