Mississauga Contractor Convicted
Placed on Probation and Ordered to Repay Consumer
On September 12, 2017, Customized Organizing Solutions Inc., carrying on business as, In Touch Interiors and Kamal Malekzai of Mississauga, as a Director of the corporation, were convicted of an unfair practice and failing to refund contrary to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.
Justice of the Peace Jill Fletcher fined Customized Organizing Solutions Inc., carrying on business as, In Touch Interiors, $2,000. Malekzai, as a Director of the corporation, was personally fined $2,000 and ordered to pay the consumer $15,597.96 in restitution. Malekzai was also placed on probation for two years.
In June 2014, a Mississauga consumer signed a contract with In Touch Interiors for kitchen renovations and paid a 50 per cent deposit of $15,597.96. In Touch Interiors did not perform the work.
To protect themselves, consumers are reminded to visit the ministry's Consumer's Beware List before entering into a contract with any company, and to visit Consumer Protection Ontario for tips on how to safely enter into a contract.
- Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 provides for fines of up to $250,000 for corporations per charge and $50,000 per charge for individuals convicted of offences. It also provides for jail terms of up to two years less a day for each offence for individuals.
- The Act empowers the court to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to victims.