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Milton Contractors Sentenced to Jail and Convicted for Unfair Practice

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Milton Contractors Sentenced to Jail and Convicted for Unfair Practice

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Convicted: Ronald and Dallas Nugent, owners of Sure-Loc Interlocking.

Location: Milton.

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.

Background:

  • 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:

Media Contacts

  • Sandra Bento

    Communications Branch, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

    416-327-9708

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