Chimney contractor who cheated elderly must pay $1.1 million
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey consumer affairs officials say a New York-based contractor who cheated elderly customers has been ordered to pay $1.1 million in penalties and restitution.
A judge also permanently barred Leroy Brown from advertising or working in New Jersey. He also can’t own or manage a business in the state.
State officials say Brown was an unregistered contractor who did business as B&K Masonry & Chimney. They say he maintained business addresses in Teaneck and also in Babylon, New York, and West Babylon, New York.
A state complaint filed last December claimed Brown had misrepresented himself as a registered contractor. It also claimed he used deceptive sales tactics to induce mostly elderly consumers into paying for expensive chimney repairs that were never completed.
Brown didn’t respond to the state’s complaint. His firm’s phone numbers rang busy on Wednesday.