Burlington Contractors Sentenced to Jail, Fined and Placed on Probation
On October 14, 2014, Richard Storey, Peter Jorges Cordeiro and 2221803 Ontario Inc., operating as Harvester Kitchens and Baths in Burlington, were convicted of charges under the Consumer Protection Act. Mr. Storey and Mr. Cordeiro were sentenced to jail terms of 225 and 75 days respectively, and two years' probation.
In addition, each must pay restitution of more than $24,000. Harvester Kitchens and Baths was fined $45,000. The company was also ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge and court costs.
Harvester Kitchens and Baths entered into contracts with five individuals in the Burlington and Oakville areas to renovate their kitchen or bathroom. In four cases no work was done; in the fifth case, work was started and abandoned.
Ontario Court of Justice in Burlington convicted Storey and Harvester Kitchens and Baths on the following charges:
engaging in an unfair practice by making false, misleading or deceptive representations to consumers
failing to provide a consumer with a contract containing information required by the Consumer Protection Act
failing to refund payment within 15 days of being given notice of cancellation of the consumer agreement
The court also convicted Mr. Storey and Mr. Cordeiro, as officers and directors of the corporation, of failing in their duty to prevent the corporation from committing offences.
Consumers are reminded to check the ministry's Consumer Beware List before doing business with any company.
- Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 provides for fines of up to $250,000 for corporations and $50,000 for individuals convicted of offences. It also provides for jail terms of up to two years less a day for each offence.
- The Act also empowers the court to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to victims.
- Visit Consumer Protection Ontario for tips and advice on how to be a smart consumer.