NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General
Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced charges
this week against Richard R. Woodard of Clearwater, Fla., and his company, Willwood Builders Corporation (Willwood Builders).
New Jersey alleges Woodard
and his company defrauded seven homeowners who had paid him to repair their
homes after Hurricane Sandy.
“We have alleged that this out-of-state contractor preyed on
New Jersey homeowners who trusted that he would help them rebuild or repair
their homes in the wake of this devastating storm,” Porrino said. “He added to
their suffering by allegedly taking their money and leaving them with little or
nothing to show for it.”
Woodard started a company in New Jersey five weeks after Hurricane Sandy. He allegedly took initial payments from consumers and then failed to
ever perform work. On the occasions when he did perform work, the state alleges
Woodard performed the work shoddily.
“We will not allow predatory contractors to financially
exploit consumers recovering from a time of emergency,” said Steve Lee, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “The division will continue to
file actions against Sandy fraudsters as long as there are victims waiting for