Brampton Construction Company Operator Faces Jail Time And Hefty Fines

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Brampton Construction Company Operator Faces Jail Time And Hefty Fines

Ministry of Consumer Services

TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Carlos Guadamuz, operator of Glencar Construction Inc. in Brampton, faces five days in jail and fines totalling $2,000 for failure to deliver a contract and refund under Ontario's consumer protection laws. The corporation was also fined $10,000 for engaging in an unfair business practice, failing to deliver a direct agreement and failure to refund.
A consumer hired Mr. Guadamuz to complete his driveway and patio with patterned concrete in the summer of 2007. The investigation arose following the consumer's complaint after Mr. Guadamuz failed to refund a $5,000 deposit and initially refused to cancel the contract after the consumer voiced concerns about the quality of the work. In addition, the contract provided to the consumer did not contain the required information set out in the Consumer Protection Act.
Mr. Guadamuz' jail sentence is to be followed by two years of probation with a condition that he pays restitution to the consumer in the amount of $5,000 and associated costs.
The Consumer Protection Act imposes fines of up to $250,000 for corporations and $50,000 for individuals convicted of infractions. It also provides for jail terms of up to two years less a day on each offence. The act also empowers courts to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to victims.
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