Eight contractors face charges for violating CRLB orders

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PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Attorney General Peter Neronha announced Monday that a total of eight Rhode Island contractors face felony and misdemeanor charges.

Four contractors face felony charges while four more are facing misdemeanor charges in Providence District Court for failing to comply with a final order from the Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board (CRLB).

The eight contractors have been charged with violating an order from the CRLB, which stems from contracted work throughout the state that was found to be either substandard or unfinished.

In total, the contractors have failed to pay $115,715.26 in restitution to homeowners.

“The defendants’ conduct has left Rhode Islanders out thousands of dollars with unfinished or substandard home repairs or improvement projects,” said Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. “They were given multiple opportunities to make it right, yet did nothing. Their failure to act has brought us to where we are today.”

Neronha continued, “My Office will take whatever actions necessary to hold these individuals and others who engage in similar conduct accountable and pursue restitution for homeowners.”

All Rhode Island contractors are required to register with the CRLB, which is the agency charged with regulating contractors. Members of the public may file a claim against CRLB contractors with allegations such as substandard or unfinished work by a contractor.

The CRLB then determines whether the contractor is properly licensed and whether the contractor performed work according to industry standards. They would then issue a final order against a contractor after every effort is made to reach a resolution between the contractor and the complainant.

Failure to comply with a final order of the CRLB can be prosecuted as a felony in Rhode Island if the amount of the monetary judgement combined with any CRLB fine is over $5,000. Cases involving monetary judgments less than $5,000 constitute misdemeanors.

Three contractors were each served arrest warrants, arraigned and charged on October 20 with one felony count of failure to comply with a final CRLB order:

  • A. Morris Williams, 61, of Central Falls (owner, Morry Remediation Solutions). He was ordered by the CRLB in May 2018 to pay $82,550 in restitution for failure to complete demolition and mold remediation at a home in Pawtucket.
  • Michael Jodoin, 46, of Cranston (owner, Green and Gray LLC). He was ordered by the CRLB in February 2020 to pay $11.880.25 in restitution for failure to pay a subcontractor as part of an installation project in Warwick. The subcontractor filed a lien on the homeowner’s property as a result.
  • Jeffrey Chevette, 38, of Woonsocket (owner, JG Construction). He was ordered by the CRLB in October 2018 to pay $8,015.95 in restitution for failure to complete miscellaneous interior repairs at a Pawtucket home.

An additional arrest warrant has been issued for Roger Boisvert, 53, of Thompson, Connecticut. He was ordered by the CRLB in March 2019 to pay $6,000 for failure to complete remodeling work at a home in North Kingstown. He is the owner of Man Around the House.

Three more contractors were arraigned on October 15 and charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to comply with a final CRLB order:

  • Mark St. Angelo, 55, of Smithfield (owner, St. Angelo Construction). He was ordered by the CRLB in November 2019 to pay $1,500 in restitution after abandoning a bathroom remodeling job in Smithfield after destroying the bathroom.
  • Karl Hanson, 56, of Woonsocket (owner, Hanson Home Improvements). He was ordered by the CRLB in October 2018 to pay $1915.26 in restitution for failure to complete miscellaneous interior repairs at a Smithfield home.
  • Russell Strickland, 50, of West Warwick (owner, Independent Paving). He was ordered by the CRLB in May 2019 to pay $3,300 in restitution for substandard work at a home on North Providence. He was also charged with one misdemeanor for failing to register with the CRLB, as required by state law.

Paul Badeau, 52, of Providence has been charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to comply with a final CRLB order and failed to appear for his arraignment on October 15. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sixth Division District Court on November 13, 2020. Badeau, owner of Northeast Construction, was ordered by the CRLB November 2018 to pay $1,000 in restitution for failure to remove and replace siding at a Lincoln home.

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