Milton Contractors Sentenced to Jail and Convicted for Unfair Practice
Convicted: Ronald and Dallas Nugent, owners of Sure-Loc Interlocking.
Description of Offence: Unfair practice, improper contract, and failure to refund under Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (the act).
Date of Offence: Between July 1 - 31, 2016.
Date of Conviction: January 17, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton by Her Worship M. McLeod.
Penalty Imposed Against Each Defendant:
- A 14-day jail term.
- Twenty-four month probation with the following terms:
- restitution orders requiring a minimum payment of $668.75 per month until $16,050 is paid to the consumer;
- not accepting payment of more than 15-per-cent of the total of any consumer agreement before the work is completed;
- not accepting payment in cash or cheque; and
- reporting to a probation officer.
- A Milton consumer hired Sure-Loc Interlocking to supply and build pool decking and landscaping.
- Sure-Loc Interlocking's agreement with the consumer failed to comply under the act.
- The consumer paid $32,100.
- Sure-Loc Interlocking did some excavation before abandoning the job.
- The consumer requested a refund, but the company failed to provide a refund.
- 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.
- Consumer Protection Ontario reminds consumers to: