New York secures refunds for homeowners victimized by contractor scam

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 31, 2017

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Oct. 25 that Tri-State Paving and its principals, Richard Attenborough, III and Stevee Paige Castle-Lagerquist, will pay $10,000 in state penalties and $33,400 in refunds after allegations of deceptive practices and state law violations.

The defendants allegedly operated a deceptive paving scheme in the state. They would purportedly solicit work from homeowners by alleging to have “leftover” pacing material from a nearby job. They allegedly would say to the homeowners that they could offer a great price for a project. After this initial setup, the defendants would purportedly perform unauthorized work and demand extremely high payments.

“Being ripped off by a home improvement contractor can be financially devastating for New Yorkers,” Schneiderman said. “We’re requiring this business to return homeowners’ hard-earned money and pay a penalty to the state – while helping ensure they can’t defraud others. My office will continue to root out fraud and hold home improvement contractors accountable.”

Handling the case for New York were investigators Chad Shelmidine and Kathleen Coppersmith, and assistant attorney general Alicia M. Lendon under the supervision of assistant attorney general In charge Deanna R. Nelson.

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